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Transport in Plants

Transport in Plants

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Published by: Savannah Simone Petrachenko on Dec 05, 2011
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Transport in Plants
Autotrophs
 
 “Self 
-
feeding”, without eating or decomposing other living matter
 
 
Make organic molecule from inorganic ones, therefore producers of the biosphere
 
Plants require only CO
2
from air, and water and minerals from thesoil
Photo-autotrophs
 
Use light energy to drive synthesis of organic molecules
 
Have specialized machinery including light harvesting pigments
Chemo-autotrophs
 
Produce organic compounds by oxidation of inorganic moleculessuch as sulfur, ammonia, or ferrous ions (Fe
+2
)e.g. Archae of the
genus “Sulfolobus” oxidize sulfur
 
Heterotrophs
 
Requires at least one performed organic compound for life
Photo-heterotrophs
 
Uses light energy to make ATP
 
Needs organic carbon (some prokaryotes such as purple nonsulfurbacteria)
Chemo-heterotrophs
 
Must consume organic molecules for both energy and carbon
 
Most common and diverse include some prokaryotes, protists,fungi, animals, and some plants

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