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Which group of organisms in an ecosystem fills the niche of recycling organic matter back to the environment?

September 13, 2019

 

Which group of organisms in an ecosystem fills the niche of recycling organic matter back to the environment?

August 2019 Biologu Regent Exams

 

(1) carnivores

(2) decomposers

(3) producers

(4) predators

 

Answer and Explanation:

In order for us to determine the correct answer, we need to know the definitions for each one of the answer choices. 

Carnivores are organisms that eat other animals. Examples of carnivores are lions and lady bugs. 

Decomposers are organisms that break other organisms down and return nutrients back to the soil. Therefore, they also recycle organic matter back to the environment, making choice 2 the correct answer choice. Examples of decomposers are bacteria and fungi. 

Let's also check the rest of the answers. Producers are organisms that make their own food through the process of photosynthesis. They are also called autotrophs. Examples of producers are plants. 

Predators kill and eat other organisms (prey). Examples of predators are bears and fox.

 

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