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An organism, often a bacterium or fungus, that feeds on and breaks down dead plant or animal matter, thus making organic nutrients available to the ecosystem.

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Decomposer ID Tip Sheet
Structure and function of the decomposer food webs of forests along
decomposer food webs of forests along a. European North-South-transect with special focus on Testate Amoebae (Protozoa).
Lesson 5: Decomposers Get Energy From Dead Things
DECOMPOSER INSECTS. Eduardo Galante and MÂȘ Angeles Marcos-Garcia. Centro Iberoamericano de la Biodiversidad.

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Unlocking the potential of mycelium
He gained a deep understanding of the endlessly fascinating world of mycelium, which is the great molecular decomposer of nature, a system that breaks down material and redistributes it as nutrients to other members of the ecological community.
Pemerintah Dorong Pemakaian Pupuk Hayati
Penggunaan bio decomposer dan pupuk hayati di beberapa lahan membuktikan hasil panen yang mencapai lebih 10 ton per hektar. "Ini yang perlu terus didukung dan pemerintah harus mengembangkannya," tegas Simarmata.

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What is a decomposer?
Decomposers and scavengers break down dead plants and animals. They also break down the waste (poop) of other organisms.
Decomposer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Decomposers (or saprotrophs) are organisms that break down dead or decaying organisms, and in doing so carry out the natural process of decomposition.
Decomposers - NatureWorks
When plants and animals die, they become food for decomposers like bacteria, fungi and earthworms.
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Decomposers are vital components of the nutrient cycle.

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