What are heterotrophic nutrition ?

Dear Meghana,

  • Heterotrophic nutrition is a type of nutrition in which organisms depend upon other organisms for food to survive. Heterotrophic organisms have to take in all the organic substances they need to survive. 
  • All animals, fungi, and non-photosynthesizing plants are heterotrophic. 
  • A heterotroph is an organism that cannot produce its own food. They instead takes nutrition from other sources of organic carbon, mainly plant or animal matter. 
  • In the food chain, heterotrophs are primary, secondary and tertiary consumers, but never the producers.


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Updated on: 30-Mar-2023


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