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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The incubation temperature was 15[degrees]C except for the specific vibrio enrichments, which were incubated at 37[degrees]C for 7 and 18 h, and the phototroph enrichments, which were incubated at room temperature.
If they get their energy from light through photosynthesis they are phototrophs.
In the field, mixotrophs can compete with heterotrophs for the uptake of food particles and with phototrophs for light and mineral nutrients.
Two qualitatively different interactions between mixotrophs and obligate phototrophs are possible.