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decomposer

(dē′kəm-pō′zər)
n.
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.

decomposer

(de?kom-po'zer)
Bacteria and fungi that degrade dead organic matter to simple organic and inorganic molecules.
See: biodegradation

decomposer

any saprotrophic organism such as a bacterium or a fungus, which breaks organic materials down into simpler compounds and eventually into inorganic materials. The latter can then be utilized by PRODUCERS in the synthesis of organic compounds.
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Decomposers and the process of decomposition is central to the Compost curriculum.
These results can be explained by the mode of action of the decomposer microorganisms, which initially act on the organic matter of the sewage sludge, since it is a material of easy decomposition and high energetic value (Lerch et al.
The most frequently mentioned factors were a preference for looking for decomposers (investigating or playing detective), simply being outside, and finding lizards and animals.
i=16,17,18 the factor arising out of the decomposer organism disintegrating dead organic matter
This species is considered as a potential waste decomposer [20].
The other direction in which the decomposition process goes is the conversion of organic residues into growth of new individuals of the decomposer species themselves, in order to carry their work into the future.
The tropics is a place for happy plants and less happy" decomposers, said study leader Michael Kaspari, a zoologist at the University of Oklahoma.
A second possibility is that the composition of the decomposer community fundamentally changes in the presence of the invasive species.
Before the nickel pellets enter the decomposer they pass as a moving packed bed through vertical tubes in a shell-and-tube preheater.
Exploring the connection between art and decomposition even further, we see that the same dictionary designates "chemistry" as the "Art de decomposer ou d'analyser les corps, et de les recomposer de nouveau.
En cherchant a decomposer les gestes qui font le flot sensible de l'activite culinaire, il entreprend une ethnographie la meme oo la diversite sensorielle est le plus souvent niee ou mal apprehendee par les chercheurs : dans le quotidien de familles americaines.
Which is unfortunate because, nowadays, The King is more of a decomposer.