The excretion of ammonia and ammonium ions. Compare: ammonotelia.
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Physiological and behavioral adaptations of GWSS that allow subsistence on xylem fluid include (1) an extremely high assimilation efficiency (AE) (>99%) of organic compounds in monomeric form; (2) extremely high feeding rates (10 to 100 times body weight per hour); (3) conservation of organic carbon by ammonotelism, and; (4) host plant switching to obtain an appropriate mix of nutrients (Andersen et al.