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  • n. Plural form of autotroph.


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  • Assuming a prokaryotic mutation rate of 4 × 10 − 7 mutations per gene per DNA replication (86, 87), four simultaneous mutations in every gene shared by the populations of marine heterotrophs (in the upper 200 m), marine autotrophs, soil prokaryotes, or prokaryotes in domestic animals would be expected to occur once every 0.4, 0.5, 3.4, or 170 hr, respectively.

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  • Protists which have chloroplasts, allowing them to perform photosynthesis thus act as autotrophs, are generally found in the highest concentrations.

    Marine microbes

  • Whereas viruses are parasites, and prokaryotes are osmotrophs or autotrophs, marine protist provide examples of these distinct life-styles as well as certain combinations of strategies.

    Marine microbes

  • They are obligate autotrophs, so they don't have the enzyme systems to metabolize animal tissues.

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  • In fact, it probably wasn't even a single organism, but more like a community of organisms, containing autotrophs, heterotrophs, saprotrophs, and phagotrophs.

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  • The very small picoeukaryotes, both autotrophs and heterotrophs, many of which are grazers on bacteria, are extremely diverse but very poorly known.

    Marine biodiversity

  • Plants are independent autotrophs, while animals are parasitic heterotrophs.

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  • The core structurally-creative anabolic (energy-storing) network observed in autotrophs supplies the dynamical framework for energy to drive all living organization, as all living systems either are autotrophs or depend on the existence of autotrophs.

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  • The open shelf, the various macrophyte systems, and coral reefs are typically net autotrophs as shown by GPP: R >

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  • "Essentially, what we observed within the phytoplankton (microscopic plants) community was that it switched from a system that was dominated by larger autotrophs (plants that photosynthesise) to a system that was dominated by smaller autotrophs with a lower standing biomass."

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