chemolithotroph


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chemolithotroph

 [ke″mo-lith´o-trōf]
a chemolithotrophic organism.

che·mo·au·to·troph

(kē'mō-aw'tō-trōf),
An organism that depends on chemicals for its energy and principally on carbon dioxide for its carbon.
Synonym(s): chemolithotroph
[chemo- + G. autos, self, + trophikos, nourishing]

chemolithotroph

(kē′mō-lĭth′ə-trŏf′, -trōf′, kĕm′ō-)
che′mo·lith′o·tro′phic adj.
che′mo·li·thot′ro·phy (-lī-thŏt′rə-fē) adj.

che·mo·au·to·troph

(kē'mō-aw'tō-trōf)
An organism that depends on inorganic chemicals for its energy and principally on carbon dioxide for its carbon.
Synonym(s): chemolithotroph.
[chemo- + G. autos, self, + trophikos, nourishing]
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Only since the 1980s has the scientific study of these rock and metal-eating microbes, the chemolithotrophs, developed its own discipline, that of geomicrochemistry.
However, for most practical purposes it is sufficient to know that some bugs derive their energy by oxidizing inorganic materials such as minerals (the chemolithotrophs) and some use carbon dioxide in the air as their sole source of carbon (the autotrophs).
The sample from the rock ledge branch contained a simple population of only a few kinds of chemolithotrophs; the sample from the wet, low branch contained a diverse, complete ecosystem of many kinds of microbes.
Other chemolithotrophs such as sulfur-oxidizing bacteria and archaea also contribute to the river's probably ancient ecosystem structure (Gonzalez-Toril et al., 2001).