The Role of Decomposers in the Ecosystem

The Role of Decomposers in the Ecosystem

The Role of Decomposers in the Ecosystem What are Decomposers? Decomposers are organisms that use

dead plant & material as food. Breaks down dead things, but can also feast on decaying flesh while still on a living organism.

Niche Decomposers break down material, getting the energy they need to live and releasing elements back into the environment to be reused by other organisms.

Decomposers at Work Decomposers are. Simple plants such as bacteria and fungi (like mushrooms). Most are

microscopic organisms. Common non-microscopic examples are earthworms, slugs, snails, & some insects. The dead things that are eaten by

decomposers are called detritus, which means "garbage". Decomposers in the Pond Ecosystem Located everywhere but more abundant at

the bottom. Dead plants and animals settle. That is why pond muck smells bad. Decomposers in the

Forest Abundant in the forest top layers of the soil. Niche 2 Decomposer are

the janitors of nature. Composting

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