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phototroph

Line breaks: photo|troph
Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊtə(ʊ)trəʊf
 
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Definition of phototroph in English:

noun

Biology
An organism that uses energy from sunlight to synthesize organic compounds for nutrition.
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.

Derivatives

phototrophic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • By contrast, no linkage was detected in crosses with the five class II mutant strains since phototrophic recombinants were recovered at high frequency.
  • Overall, the results stress the importance of both heterotrophic and phototrophic metabolisms when considering environmental controls on the structure of bacterial communities in the sea.
  • Synthesis of the full spectrum of flavour precursors may resume if the callus is allowed to redifferentiate or regain a capacity for phototrophic metabolism.

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