What are decomposers ?


What are decomposers ? What will be the consequences of their absence in an ecosystem ?


Definition: Decomposers or microconsumers are saprophytes which obtain their nourishment from organic remains by secreting digestive

enzymes over the latter and absorbing the solubilised substances.

Absence of Decomposers:

  1. Organic remains will pile up leaving no space for new living beings,
  2. Biogeochemical cycling will stop so that raw materials will not be available to plants for manufacture of more food,
  3. In the absence of food, all living beings will die of starvation.

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