Is Algae a parasitic plant?

Asked by Sanyukta Khetan | 26th Apr, 2012, 04:41: PM

Expert Answer:

Most algae contain green chlorophyll, and use the sun's energy to create food such as sugars, through the process of photosynthesis. So most algae are autotrophic.
Other types of algae are:
  • Saprophytic Algae - Some algae can absorb nutrients across their surface, or even engulf whole particles. 
  • Parasitic algae - Some algae are parasites i.e. living inside or on the outside of a plant or animal, from which they take food.
    • Symbiotic Algae - These form close relationships with other organisms wherein both organisms benefit from living with each other. For example, lichens

    Answered by  | 27th Apr, 2012, 09:37: AM

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