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primary producer

noun, Biology
1.
any green plant or any of various microorganisms that can convert light energy or chemical energy into organic matter.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
Related forms
primary production, noun
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  • Phytoplankton is a primary producer in aquatic ecosystems, the source of energy for organisms up the food chain.
  • Intra-seasonal dynamics in primary producer compartments.

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