Growth of Biotrophic Parasites in Axenic Culture

  • K. J. Scott
Part of the Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology book series (PLANT, volume 4)


Pathogens of plants can be divided into two broad categories: biotrophic and necrotrophic parasites. These terms were originally used by Link (1933) to describe the methods by which pathogens obtain nutrients from host cells under natural conditions. Necrotrophic parasites derive their nutrients from dead host cells, usually killed by the parasite in advance of penetration. Biotrophic parasites derive their nutrients from living host cells. This group includes both facultative saprophytes and obligate parasites.


Powdery Mildew Downy Mildew Germ Tube Rust Fungus Axenic Culture 
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