autotrophy


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Related to autotrophy: photosynthesis, heterotrophy

au·tot·ro·phy

(aw-tot'rō-fē),
The state of being self-sustaining and able to produce food from inorganic compounds, with carbon dioxide serving as the sole source of carbon.
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Walker CB, de la Torre JR, Klotz MG, Urakawa H, Pinel N, Arp DJ, Brochier-Armanet C, Chain PSG, Chan PP, Gollabgir A, Hemp J, Hugler M, Karr EA, Konneke M, Shin M, Lawton TJ, Lowe T, Martens, Habbena W, Sayavedra, Soto LA, Lang D, Sievert SM, Rosenzweig AC, Manning G, Stahl DA (2010) Nitrosopumilus maritimus genome reveals unique mechanisms for nitrification and autotrophy in globally distributed marine crenarchaea.
stages F3 and 4 in relation to the gradual increase in autotrophy.