Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life (14th Edition)

Published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
ISBN 10: 1305073959
ISBN 13: 978-1-30507-395-1

Chapter 23 - Self-Quiz - Page 386: 2


a. nonliving organic matter

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Fungi are known as saprobes, meaning they obtain nutrients by breaking down dead organisms; in other words, nonliving organic matter. In this way, fungi are essential to ecosystems because they break down dead organisms and return the nutrients locked in these organisms back to the environment.
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