phototroph

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pho·to·troph

(fō'tō-trōf),
An organism that uses light for its energy needs. Compare: photoautotroph, photoheterotroph, photolithotroph.

phototroph

(fō′tə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
n.
An organism that is capable of using light energy to synthesize sugars and other organic molecules from carbon dioxide. Green plants, algae, and cyanobacteria are phototrophs. Also called photoautotroph.

pho′to·troph′ic adj.
pho′to·troph′i·cal·ly adv.

phototroph

an ORGANISM that uses light as the primary ENERGY source.
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It acquires phototrophy from many different prey species, which means that it actually changes color depending on what it feeds on.
To explore the phenomenon of acquired phototrophy, Moeller, Johnson, Neubert, and Elina Peltomaa, a colleague at the University of Helsinki, took a two-pronged approach.
When the zooxanthellae are stressed, the host sponge is not able to capitalize on the energetic benefits associated with phototrophy.
Many mixotrophs primarily depend on phototrophy as a mode of nutrition (e.