Autotrophic nutrition

  • A. Boyce
  • C. M. Jenking
Part of the Foundations of Biology book series (FOUNDBIO)


Only plants are capable of combining simple inorganic substances into complex organic ones capable of sustaining life. An organism which can carry out this method of nutrition is said to be autotrophic which means self-feeding. There are two types of autotrophic nutrition, chemosynthesis and photosynthesis.


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Suggestions for further reading

  1. Hall, D. O. and Rao, K. K., Photosynthesis, Studies in biology 37, (Arnold, 1972).Google Scholar
  2. Tribe, M. A. and Whittaker, P. A., Chloroplasts and mitochondria, Studies in biology 31, (Arnold, 1972).Google Scholar
  3. Whittingham, C. P., Photosynthesis (Oxford University).Google Scholar

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© A. Boyce and C. M. Jenking 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Boyce
    • 1
  • C. M. Jenking
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology departmentMaynard SchoolExeterUK
  2. 2.Maynard SchoolExeterUK

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