autotroph

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Related to autotrophy: photosynthesis, heterotrophy
  • noun

Synonyms for autotroph

plant capable of synthesizing its own food from simple organic substances

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Although giant clams rely greatly on autotrophy as the major source of carbon, heterotrophy is also important to the total energy needed by the clam for respiration and growth (Klumpp et al.
Yuan H, Ge T, Chen C, O'Donnell AG, Wu J (2012) Significant role for microbial autotrophy in the sequestration of soil carbon.
Thus, students can explore questions related to fundamental concepts in cell biology such as autotrophy and heterotrophy, nitrogen, vitamin or mineral nutrition, and physical environmental conditions.
2005), the relatively low importance of hormones in microspore embryogenesis relies on the fact that hormonal autotrophy is a condition sine qua non for true embryogenesis.