Detritivores and decomposers are the final part of food chains.
Be sure to point out the role of decomposers and provide examples.
Remind students that food chains connect organisms through energy transfer among producers, consumers, and decomposers.
Producers are able to utilize the nutrients made by decomposers, so producers are dominant over decomposers.
decomposers eat and break down scat, or animal droppings, and dead plants and animals into tiny parts.
When these plants and animals die, the decomposers start the cycle again.
decomposers, including bacteria and fungi, use dead organisms or their products to meet their energy needs.
Walk through our trails and exhibits to identify different kinds of producers, consumers and decomposers.
Ultimately, all organisms die and become detritus, which serves as the food source for decomposers.
British Dictionary definitions for decomposers
(ecology) any organism in a community, such as a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down dead tissue enabling the constituents to be recycled to the environment See also consumer (sense 3), producer (sense 8)