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- n. Plural form of photoautotroph.
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Photosynthetic organisms are called photoautotrophs, since they can create their own food.
While almost all phytoplankton species are obligate photoautotrophs, there are some that are mixotrophic and other, non-pigmented species that are
Siver has spent his entire career studying diatoms and chrysophytes, microscopic photoautotrophs that are commonly found in oceans, lakes and other bodies of water.
As for the plant side of the equation, such organisms do exist; they are called photoautotrophs.