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Decomposer

Definition

noun, plural: decomposers

(ecology) An organism whose ecological function involves the recycling of nutrients by performing the natural process of decomposition as it feeds on dead or decaying organisms.


Supplement

Examples of decomposers are fungi and bacteria that obtain their nutrients from dead plant or animal material. They break down cells of dead plants and animals into simpler substances, which become organic nutrients available to the ecosystem.


Word origin: decompose + -er

Compare: detritivore


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Food Web

... arrows be in the sense: consumed to consumer ? If it's not the case and you're right, II would be in fact consuming everything, being able to be a decomposer (fungus). But in that case the answer couldn't be letter b, given that the question asks for the only option that the fungus can NOT be.

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by LeandroLuis
Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Food Web
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Views: 6323

Information on this Fungi?

Some information on this Fungi pic was taken on the East coast of Australia South of Sydney, also any info in it's role in an Ecosystem? decomposer, also it's mode of reproduction etc thanks.

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by vk4vfx
Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:49 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Information on this Fungi?
Replies: 3
Views: 1554

decomposer

A scavenger ingests dead organisms. A decomposer lives in or on food supplies and absorbs organic energy not harvested by consumers, leaving inorganic elements to the environment for recycling.

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by gamar
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:00 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: decomposer
Replies: 7
Views: 19456

Re: decomposer

the difference is that the scavengers eats those which was left by other animals or which may have died from illness or old age they use their canines to tear the flesh but the decomposers are mostly microorganism that doesnt have canines such as saprophites(produces enzymes to digest the food exter...

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by volcob
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:21 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: decomposer
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Views: 19456

decomposer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decomposer

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by mith
Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:24 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: decomposer
Replies: 7
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