A microorganism that feeds on dead and decaying organic matter. Saprophytes excrete @E02159@ that digest organic residues externally, the low @M04000@ compounds formed then being absorbed.
Source: PAC, 1992, 64, 143. (Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992)) on page 165 [Terms] [Paper]
Citation: 'saprophyte' in IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 3rd ed. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry; 2006. Online version 3.0.1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.S05470 RISBibTexEndNote