An organism that requires inorganic compounds and that uses light for most of its energy needs. Compare: photoautotroph, photoheterotroph, phototroph.
[photo- + G. lithos, stone, mineral, + trophē, nourishment]
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Changes in shallow soil sowing depths are related to the higher presence of algae in wetland soils and horizons and where sunbeams are available for the oxygen capture of photolithotrophs [9].
Among the topics are the history and background of the scientific study, the ecophysiology, various types of organisms including photolithotrophs and zooplankton, various ecosystems such as lakes and surface marine waters, incorporating plankton respiration in models of aquatic ecosystem function, and the global significance at scales from single cells to the biosphere.