What happens to the waste generated by living things in nature? In this video, Sabrina Cruz will explain the role of decomposers in a food chain. Decomposers are organisms that obtain energy from waste. Examples of decomposers include worms, bacteria and fungi. These organisms break down the remains of other living things into nutrients and other chemicals. Plants take up these nutrients to produce food via photosynthesis and from here energy can go up the food chain. Keeping in view the significance of this group of organisms, loss of a population of decomposers can cause disruption in the balance of an ecosystem.
This video satisfies the 5-LS2-1 requirement of fifth-grade science proficiency.
Students who demonstrate understanding can: 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.