Vocabulary

  • food chain
  • decomposers
  • break down
  • nutrients
  • cycle




Pictures of Decomposers

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Mushrooms or Fungi are not plants. They do not need light to photosynthesize. They break down waste from other organisms and cycle the nutrients back into the environment.

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This fallen tree, houses manydecomposers. Insects and bacteria will break it down back into the soil of the forest floor.

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This so bug goes by many names: pill bug and rolly polly. They eat dead and deacaying organisms.

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This yellow slug, breaks down material on the forest floor. They eat detrus or dead plant material on the ground.


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Bacteria is one of the primary decomposers on our planet. These microscopic one celled organisms clean up our environment by breaking down dead and decaying material and helping it cycle back into the environment.

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Worms are decomposers that break down plant material in soil.

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A snail primarily decomposes plant material.