Decay (B4)

  • Created by: caits
  • Created on: 16-04-14 11:44

Natural Recycling Procees;

Elements cycle between the living and non living world

How does the decay process take place?

Decomposers - bacteria and fungi, chemically break down dead material rleasing ammoinium compounds into the soil

Detrivores - Earthworms, maggots, mllipedes, woodlie, eat small parts of the dead material which they digest and release as waste

Conditions for decay to take place faster:

  • Temperature - as temperature gets warmer decay will increase. Respiration in decomposers is faster so they grow and multiply quicker
  • Oxygen - the more oxygen the faster the decay - as with temperature this links to respiration
  • Water - decay is a lot faster in moist conditions…


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