Glossary Term: Heterotroph

1. An organism that consumes other organisms in a food chain.
2. Fungi do not use the sun to feed themselves (like plants). Nor do they take in CO2 like plants do. Instead, they feed on organic materials (wood chips, soil, etc) and process these materials for food and energy. A heterotroph is an organism that is unable to synthesize its own organic carbon-based compounds from inorganic sources, hence, feeds on organic matter produced by, or available in, other organisms. All gilled mushrooms (and all fungi currently described) are heterotrophs.

Note: Contrast this term with Autotroph.

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