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Autotrophic

Definition

adjective

1. Of or relating to an autotroph, an organism capable of making nutritive organic molecules from inorganic sources via photosynthesis (involving light energy) or chemosynthesis (involving chemical energy).

2. Self-sustaining or self-nourishing organisms (e.g. green plants, algae, and certain bacteria) that have the ability to synthesize their own food from inorganic materials, e.g. carbon dioxide and nitrogen.


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Related forms: autotroph (noun), autotrophy (noun).
Compare: heterotrophic.
See also: photosynthetic, chemosynthetic.


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Re: photoautotroph and photoheterotroph difference?

... their nutrients. So photoautotrophs form the basis of the food chain and basically keep the world running. Mixotrophic is when an organism is both autotrophic and heterotrophic.

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by cash
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:40 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: photoautotroph and photoheterotroph difference?
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Gene deletion

... for some amino acid or vitamine or something. And you use the missing gene instead of antibiotic resistance gene, so that your transformants are autotrophic (i.e. grow on media without the supplement contrary to the WT). And they even used system where they could remove the selection gene easily. ...

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by JackBean
Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Gene deletion
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Re: Food Web

So, for what I understood, my idea was right. By your means, the fungi cannot occupy position II because it's a position of an autotrophic organism, which the fungi aren't. Thank you JackBean :wink:

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by LeandroLuis
Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Food Web
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Views: 4547

Are there any chemosynthetic autotrophic protists?

I would first look for chemosynthetic autotrophic organisms and then you can see, whether there are any protists

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by JackBean
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:46 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Are there any chemosynthetic autotrophic protists?
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Views: 1421

Are there any chemosynthetic autotrophic protists?

I have been looking around and have not been able to find any examples. Could someone assist me?

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by TheNoScienceGuy
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:53 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Are there any chemosynthetic autotrophic protists?
Replies: 1
Views: 1421
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