noun, plural: producers
(1) An autotrophic organism capable of producing complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules through the process of photosynthesis (using light energy) or through chemosynthesis (using chemical energy).
Producers are responsible for the production of organic compounds from atmospheric or aquatic carbon dioxide. All life on earth is directly or indirectly reliant on producers, hence, they form the base of the food chain.
Word origin: L prōdūcere, to lead or bring forward, extend, prolong, produce + -er.
Related terms: primary producer.