Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 3, the Biosphere - Assessment - 3.2, Energy, Producers, and Consumers - Understand Key Concepts/Think Critically - Page 90,: 8



Work Step by Step

Option a. is incorrect. Consumers must rely on other organisms for their energy needs. Option b. is incorrect. Decomposers eat the remains of plants and animals as well as other dead matter. Option d. is incorrect. Primary consumers are special consumers that eat only plants. Option c. is correct. Primary producers take in inorganic matter from their environments to make food for themselves in the form of organic molecules.
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