Autoecious



the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host or group of hosts.
adjective
(of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of host Compare heteroecious
(of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant
autoecious
(ô-tē’shəs)
Relating to a parasite that spends all its life on a single host. The term is used especially of certain types of rust fungi, but can also be applied to other parasites, such as aphids. Compare heteroecious.

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