What is the difference between organic & inorganic nutrition?

Asked by  | 19th Jun, 2008, 01:03: PM

Expert Answer:

Inorganic nutrition is shown by autotrophs whereas organic nutrition is carried out by heterotrophs.

An autotroph produces complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules and an external source of energy, such as light or chemical reactions of inorganic compounds.

A heterotroph requires organic substrates to get its carbon for growth and development. Hence they have to depend on other heterotrophs or autotrophs.

Autotrophs are the producers whereas heterotrophs are the consumers.

Answered by  | 19th Jun, 2008, 06:34: PM

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