Organisms (such as bacterial and fungi) that break down plant and animal remains into forms once again usable by producers.
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Decomposers are organisms which gain their food (and therefore their energy) from the excretions and dead bodies of animals and plants.. Included in this group are bacteria and fungi. Many fungi and all bacteria can only be seen with the aid of a microscope, and are known as microbes. Decomposers return nutrients to the ecosystem for use by producers.
are some of the most important animals on earth which help dead things decompose and rot. They vary from animals such as ants, worms and slugs to tiny animals, some so small they can’t be seen. Decomposers help breakdown dead leaves, animals and plants and without them the world would be overrun with dead plants and animals. Domesticated animals are animals that humans have trained or farmed for food, clothing and pets. Domesticated animals include cows, goats, pigs, dogs, cats and rabbits.
animals and plants that are responsible for the rotting or decay of living materials (Decomposers are an important part of all food webs because they return nutrients to the soil and water.)
organisms such as bacteria, fungi, earthworms and vultures that feed on dead animals and plants, as well as other organic wastes and cause them to break down physically and chemically.
organisms consuming dead organic material.
the organisms of decay; usually bacteria and fungi.
Organisms which utilize energy from wastes or dead organisms. Decomposers complete the cycle by returning nutrients to the soil or water and carbon dioxide to the air or water.
The microorganisms and invertebrates that cause the normal degradation of natural organic materials.
Micro-organisms that break down, digest and metabolize organic wastes, such as dead leaves, dropped fruits, wood and dead animals.
organisms, usually bacteria and fungi, that get energy from breaking down dead organic matter into simple but useful substances.
tiny microorganisms that break down dead plant and animal matter
Organisms such as bacteria and fungi that decompose dead plants and animals;
The group of organisms in the community that causes decomposition of organic matter, releasing raw materials into the environment.
Organisms, mostly bacteria or fungi, that break down complex organic material into its inorganic constituents.
Organisms that cause decay. They break down the organic substances in dead remains and recycle their raw materials back into the environment. Bacteria and fungi are the most important decomposers.
organisms like bacteria, earthworms and small bugs that eat dead organic material and break it down into tiny soil particles.
Organisms that live by breaking down dead bodies, releasing the minerals they contain.
organisms that break down the remains of living things into their basic elements
Living things, chiefly bacteria and fungi, that live by extracting energy from the decaying tissues of dead plants and animals. In the process, they also release simple chemical compounds stored in the dead bodies and make them available once again for use by green plants.
organisms that help dead plants and animals decay.
Organisms such as bacteria and fungi that decompose dead organism
Plants and animals that feed on once-living material and cause it to mechanically or chemically break down.
Organisms which break material down into parts and caused them to rot.
a group of organisms, mainly fungi and bacteria, that digest organic material and release nutrients into the environment.
Fungi and bacteria that break complex organic material into smaller molecules.
Many fungi, bacteria , and some animals are decomposers. A decomposer rids the ecosystem of dead producers.
The community of fungi, bacteria, insects and other scavengers that consume and break down dead plant and animal material into simpler component atoms, molecules, and compounds, thereby making the materials available to be used again. If you dismantled a house to use the lumber again to build another house or a boat or desks, the ones who did the dismantling could be considered the decomposers.
organisms (chiefly bacteria and fungi) that break down dead organic matter
are a type of organism which causes decay, including bacteria and fungi
organisms that obtain energy by eating dead plant or animal matter.
Organisms such as bacteria and fungi that feed and break down dead organisms, returning constituents of organic substances to the environment.
Bacteria and fungi which break down dead plant and animal matter, returning nutrients to the soil or water.