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 (ô′tə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
An organism capable of synthesizing its own food from inorganic substances, using light or chemical energy. Green plants, algae, and certain bacteria are autotrophs.

au′to·troph′ic adj.
au′to·troph′i·cal·ly adv.
au·tot′ro·phy (ô-tŏt′rə-fē) n.


(in certain plants and bacteria) the process of making food from inorganic substances, using photosynthesis
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Accounting for littoral primary production by periphyton shifts a highly humic boreal lake towards net autotrophy.
However, plantlets produced from in vitro cultures have to switch from heterotrophy to autotrophy and possess abnormal anatomical and physiological characteristics, such as under developed leaf cuticle and lower stomatal density, which necessitates acclimatization in order for them to cope with edaphoclimatic conditions (BARBOZA et al.
Shifting roles of heterotrophy and autotrophy in coral energetics under varying turbidity.
Consequently, the pelagic NPP showed net heterotrophy in St 02 and St 15, net autotrophy in St 30 and St 60, and values next to equilibrium in St 90 and St 120 (Tukey-Kramer, p<0.
Shell closing limits exposure of the mantle to light, hence autotrophy will be limited.
19) Fungi could no longer produce their own food, an ability called autotrophy.
During their evolution, 2% of angiosperms have lost their autotrophy and become parasites of other higher plants called by host plant [19].
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.