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.
High-frequency metabolism study in a large and shallow temperate lake reveals seasonal switching between net autotrophy
and net heterotrophy.
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.