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why are plants called autotrophs?

Asked by Goenkannoor (student) , on 9/3/15

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 auto means ' self '. since plants prepare their own food by the process of photosynthesis they are called autotrophs.

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Posted by Uma (student) on 7/8/11

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plants are called autotrophs because the synthesis their themselves using simple substance.

examples are - green plants, algae 

Posted by Akanksha Chauhan (student) on 7/8/11


Plants are called autrotrophs because plants can feed themselves unlike animals and other types of organisms. However, there are some plants that cannot feed themselves. An example is the Venus Flytrap.

Posted by Jeba Maimuna (student) on 7/8/11


plants are called autotrophs because they can prepair their own food by photosynthesis.

Posted by saiprajwal4... (student) on 7/8/11

  • Plants are called autotrophs because they use autotrophic mode of  nutrition , in which organisms have to make their food theselves .
  • auto = self and trophs =nourishment

Posted by Ujjaee Singh Kashyap (student) on 9/3/15

because they make their own food

Posted by Sujith (student) on 10/3/15

An autotrophs is an organism that can produce its own food using light, water, carbon dioxide, or other chemicals. Because autotrophs produce their own food, they are sometimes called producers. 

Posted by Aaryan Rawat (student) on 11/3/15

In Greek auto means self and troph means to feed.Since the plants can prepare their own food and can feed on it it,they are known as autotrphes.

Posted by Dipayan Datta (student) on 12/3/15

plants are called autotrophs because they can make their own food by the process of photosynthesis.

Posted by Sabita Patra (student) on 12/3/15

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