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phototroph

Syllabification: pho·to·troph
Pronunciation: /ˈfōdəˌträf
 
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Definition of phototroph in English:

noun

Biology
A phototrophic organism.
Example sentences
  • Hints for this comes from a recent publication showing that 15 genes that are limited to the plastid genome in all other eukaryotic phototrophs are nucleus encoded in a peridinin-containing dinoflagellate.
  • Symbiosis with unicellular phototrophs has existed in anthozoans at least since the Triassic (225 million years ago) and likely constitutes a source of selective pressures that have deeply modified the host's physiology.
  • Consequently, numerous marine phototrophs, including macro- and microalgae, have developed carbon-concentrating mechanisms.

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