bacteria biochemical specialists each bacterium

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Unformatted text preview: t systems = sunlight. •  Plants use photosynthesis to collect energy from sunlight and together with carbon dioxide and water use it to synthesis organic molecules. Animals feed on other organisms •  The organic carbon produced by plants provides food for the rest of the ecological community. •  Some animals directly consume plants, some animals consume animals that fed on plants, other feed on remains of plants and animals. Fungi, the great decomposers! •  Fungi digest their food externally, secre/ng enzymes into the surrounding medium. •  This digests the medium and allows them to absorb nutrients. •  Sounds gross, but think for a moment what would happen if fungi weren’t present.. Bacteria: Biochemical spets! •  Each bacterium consists of a...
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This document was uploaded on 02/15/2014 for the course BIO 286 at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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