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Ecotropism is derived from (Eco + Tropism), meaning to turn towards the earth. The term 'Ecotropics' first appeared in literature and environmental works (See Toward an Ecotropic Poetry, 1974) that insisted on building a new human cultural relation with the Earth. The basic philosophy of ecotropism and ecotropics argues that to be healthy human culture itself must inhabit an ecological niche, and thereby, relate appropriately with all the co-evolving forces, organic and inorganic. In short, human culture must turn towards the environment for a sustainable and meaningful future. Ecotropism as a philosophy was founded by Poet John Campion, but is now widely distributed in its applications and focus. Elements of this philosophy have spread into diverse areas, such as Philosophy (see Felix Gautari), Systems Theory (See Gregory Bateson, and related works on Autopoeitics, and also, Holons) Microbiology (See Lynn Margulus and Endosymbiogenesis, and also the Gaia Hypothesis), Evolutionary Biology (See E.O. Wilson and biophilia), and Psychology (See Theodore Roszak). See also Ecotropic Works, an anthology of environmental writing.
In some areas of science, ecotropism or ecotropic indicates that a pathogen like a virus or a bacterium has a narrow host range and can infect only one or a small group of species or cell culture lines.
 See also
- Tropism, a list of tropisms
- Amphotropism, indicating a wide host range
- Ecotropics and the works of Poet John Campion
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