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Exam II - or chemically 1 Microflora – bacteria and fungi...

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Decomposition – breakdown of chemical bonds formed during the construction of plant and animal tissues 3 processes involved in breakdown of dead organic matter – 1. Leaching – loss of soluble sugars and other compounds that are dissolved and carried away by water 2. Fragmentation – the reduction of organic matter into smaller particles, either physically
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Unformatted text preview: or chemically 1. Microflora – bacteria and fungi a. Bacteria – Aerobic and anaerobic 2. Invertebrate detritivores – animals that feed on dead material including dung 3. Microbivores – feed on bacteria and fungi...
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