Nutrition in Plants

Plants are capable of creating food for themselves. They take in sunlight, carbondioxide, water and minerals to produce food for themselves.

Definition of Nutrition:
The way of taking food by the organism, and utilization of the food by the organism is termed as Nutrition.

Benefits of Nutrition:
Nutrition enables an organism to:
  1. Build and maintain its body
  2. Repair existing cells and tissues
  3. Build new cells and tissues
  4. Provide energy for day to day activities and processes within the body
Term
Meaning
Autotrophic Nutrition
Auto = self, trophos = nourishment.
The mode of nutrition where the organism produces nutrition for itself by simple substances is called Autotrophic nutrition.
Example: Plants
Heterotrophic Nutrition
Heteros = other, trophos = nourishment.
The mode of nutrition where the organism takes ready made nutrition made by plants or other organisms is called Heterotrophic nutrition.
Example: Animals

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