Chemosynthesis

Science / Marine Biology / Chemosynthesis: Primary production of organic matter, using various substances instead of light as an energy source; confined to a few groups of microorganisms

Autotroph

Science / Marine Biology / Autotroph: An organism that synthesizes organic molecules from inorganic starting materials through photosynthesis or chemosynthesis. Autotrophs are ecologically important as primary producers as they ultimately MORE

Photosynthesis

Science / Biology / Photosynthesis: The process by which plant cells use solar energy to produce ATP. The conversion of unusable sunlight energy into usable chemical energy, associated with the actions of chlorophyll. MORE

Primary Production

Science / Marine Biology / Primary Production: The production of living matter by photosynthesizing organisms or by chemosynthesizing organisms. Usually expressed as grams of carbon per square meter per year MORE

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