Decomposers are organisms that break down dead or decaying organisms, and in doing so they carry out the natural process of
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 Hyphae used to break down matter and absorb nutrients are also used in reproduction. When two compatible fungi's hyphae grow close to each other, they will then fuse together for reproduction and form another fungus. The primary decomposers of litter in many
Bacteria are important decomposers; they are widely distributed and can break down just about any type of organic matter. and the bacteria on Earth may form a biomass that exceeds that of all living plants and animals. Bacteria are vital in the recycling of nutrients, and many steps in nutrient cycles depend on these organisms.
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are detritivores, not decomposers, in the technical sense, since they must ingest nutrients and are unable to absorb them externally. sea cucumbers, and woodlice, earthworms Thus, invertebrates such as