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- Parasitic Nutrition
- What’s Next?
In the previous segment of the chapter of ‘Nutrition in Plants’, we studied about the saprophytic nutrition. In this segment, let us learn about parasitic nutrition.
What are Parasites?
- A class of organisms which derive nutrition directly from the body of living organisms are called Parasites.
- They do not kill the organisms on which they thrive but harm the organism severely. The organism whose body acts as a source of nutrition is called the Host.
Parasitic mode of nutrition
- Parasitic nutrition is a mode of heterotrophic nutrition where a parasite lives on or inside the host.
- Parasites are mainly animals but a few non-green plants also derive some or all nutrition from the host plant.