Biotic Factors - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Animal Sciences

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Food Chain

The food chain begins with producers, living things that take minerals and gasses from the environment for support. Consumers feed off of producers. Herbivores are plant-eating animals, while carnivores eat other animals. Onmivores are people and animals who eat both plants and other animals. The last link on the chain contains decomposers, who feed off dead plants and animals, reducing their remains to gasses and minerals.

See Also

Allaby, Michael. Dictionary of the Environment, 2nd rev. ed. New York: New York University Press, 1984.

Caldwell, Douglas E., James A. Brierley, and Corale L. Brierley, eds. Planetary Ecology. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985.

Jordan, William R., III, Michael E. Gilpin, and John D. Aber, eds. Restoration Ecology: A Synthetic Approach to Ecological Research. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Krebs, Charles J. Ecological Methodology. Menlo Park, CA: Benjamin/Cummings, 1999.

Rambler, Mitchell B., Lynn Margulis, and Rene Fester, eds...

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