The mango tree pictured above is an autotroph because of it’s ability to create organic matter from inorganic materials via photosynthesis. Autotrophs are producers because the produce their own food unlike consumers, which need to eat to get energy. The mango tree takes in sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to produce energy in the form of sugars through the process of photosynthesis. Most autotrophs make up the bottom of the food chain and provide energy for heterotrophs above it on the food chain.

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