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pho·to·au·to·troph

(fō'tō-aw'tō-trōf),
An organism that depends solely on light for its energy and principally on carbon dioxide for its carbon. Compare: photoheterotroph, photolithotroph, phototroph.
[photo- + G. autos, self, + trophē, nourishment]

photoautotroph

(fō′tō-ô′tə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
pho′to·au′to·troph′ic adj.
pho′to·au′to·troph′i·cal·ly adv.

photoautotroph

a type of AUTOTROPH that uses light as an energy source to synthesize organic compounds from inorganic materials. Green plants are photoautotrophs.
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He performed pioneering work on the selection of photoautotrophically cultured cells of higher plants in 1978 and of stable medicinal plant cell lines that produced desired natural products in high yield in 1984; this was the first demonstration of somatic heterogeneity in cultured plant cells.
In the laboratory, animals are sustained photoautotrophically for months with no additional input of nutrients via heterotrophy.