- the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host or group of hosts.
Origin of autoecism
Also called ametoecism.
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sometimes US autecious
- (of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of hostCompare heteroecious
- (of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant
Word Origin for autoecious
C19: from auto- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house
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- 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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