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het·er·o·troph

 (hĕt′ər-ə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
n.
An organism that is dependent on complex organic substances for nutrition because it cannot synthesize its own food.

het′er·o·troph′ic adj.
het′er·o·troph′i·cal·ly adv.
het′er·ot′ro·phy (-ə-rŏt′rə-fē) n.
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het•er•o•troph

(ˈhɛt ər əˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf)

n.
an organism requiring organic compounds for its principal source of food. Compare autotroph.
[1895–1900]
het`er•o•troph′ic, adj.
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heterotroph

An organism that obtains food by feeding on other organisms, e.g. animals, fungi.
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Noun1.heterotroph - an organism that depends on complex organic substances for nutrition
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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Single-cell oil production by cyanobacterium Aphanothece microscopica Nageli cultivated heterotrophically in fish processing wastewater.
(8) Their primary role is likely to be in the removal of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), although in the absence of light it is possible that they may behave heterotrophically and play a small part in BOD removal.
Little information is available regarding dietary supplementation of pigs with other sources of algae with the potential to be heterotrophically grown, especially in low sodium conditions.
The comparison of heterotrophically and autotrophically cultivated organisms showed decreased fluorescence in C[O.sub.2] cultures, indicating a lower level of the molecule F420 and therefore a lower methanogenic activity in those cells, corresponding to the different C[H.sub.4] production rates on methanol and [H.sub.2]/C[O.sub.2] (Figure 1).
Neither bacteria identified through Gram staining and biochemical profiling, not even those identified through sequencing of 16S rRNA genes, yielded species with morphological, biochemical or genetic characteristics belonging to characteristic genera or recognized as lithoautotrophic nitrifying bacteria; instead, organisms belonging to the Streptomyces and Pseudomonas genus were isolated, both of which are known to carry out the nitrifying process heterotrophically (Bitton, 2005; Fiencke et al., 2005; Eldor, 2007).
"It has demonstrated particularly diverse properties to suit its surrounding climate, being able to grow in fresh water as well as waters with twice the salinity of seawater, in addition to being able to grow both autotrophically like plants and heterotrophically like fungi or animal cells," he explained.
It has demonstrated particularly diverse properties to suit its surrounding climate; being able to grow in fresh water as well as waters with twice the salinity of seawater, in addition to being able to grow both autotrophically like plants and heterotrophically like fungi or animal cells," explained Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani, associate professor of biology at NYUAD.
These organisms can live phototrophically, heterotrophically and even mixotrophically [17].
Nowadays, various available sources of organic Se, namely, Se-enriched yeast [9-11], selenomethionine [12-14], Se-enriched probiotics [15], heterotrophically produced Se-enriched alga [16, 17], and Se-enriched plants [18, 19], have been investigated over time.