"Chemosynthesis"

John Allen John.Allen at placebio.lu.se
Tue Oct 3 04:35:19 EST 1995


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re: Chemosynthesis.

One should distinguish

Chemoautotrophy - use of chemical energy for assimilation of=20
inorganic carbon

and

Photoautotrophy - use of light energy for assimilation of=20
inorganic carbon.

These are in distinction with chemoheterotrophy and=20
photoheterotrophy - use of chemical and light energy,=20
respectively, for assimilation of organic carbon.

"Chemosynthesis" is probably used for "chemoautotrophy".

Where does the chemical energy come from? From free energy=20
obtained from redox reactions, involving an oxidant in the=20
environment, e.g. oxygen. Where does the oxidant come from?=20


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