Chapter 9: Forests: Our Lifeline

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Forests: Our Lifeline


What are decomposers? Name any two of them. What do they do in the forest?


The micro-organisms which convert the dead plants and animals to humus are known as decomposers. Decomposers are bacteria and fungi. The decomposers break down dead leaves, branches, dead animals, and animal waste to form humus which contains the nutrients. This humus is used by the plants for their growth. In this way, decomposers help in maintaining the supply of nutrients to the trees and other plants in the forest.

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