Investigation of possible antagonism between host and symbiote.
Yet this little organism is not a parasite, as you might think at first, but a symbiote.
The symbiote lived and flourished in its new environment, well protected by a bony skull in a long-lived host.
"I hate to think of a magter deprived of his symbiote," she said.
A symbiote—and Dis was the world where symbiosis and parasitism had become more advanced and complex than on any other planet.
The symbiote might produce sugars, scavenge the blood of toxins—there are so many things it could do.
They paid a high price for the symbiote, but it didn't matter to race survival until now.
The smaller partner has commonly been called a symbiont or symbiote by authors.
They paid a high price for their symbiote, but it didn't really matter to race-survival until now.
Yet this little organism is not a parasite as you might think at first, but a symbiote.
symbiont (sĭm'bē-ŏnt', -bī-) or symbiote |
An organism in a symbiotic relationship. In cases in which a distinction is made between two interacting organisms, the symbiont is the smaller of the two and is always a beneficiary in the relationship, while the larger organism is the host and may or may not derive a benefit. See also host, parasite.