What will happen if we remove the decomposers from an ecosystem?

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Editor">Editor Staff asked 3 months ago

What will happen if we remove the decomposers from an ecosystem?
 
(a) Energy flow stops
 
(b) Consumers die
 
(c) Mineralization will not occur
 
(d) Plants won’t receive solar energy
 
I have been asked this question in unit test.
 
The question is from Ecosystem in portion Ecosystem of Biology – Class 12

1 Answers
Editor">Editor Staff answered 3 months ago

Correct option is (c) Mineralization will not occur
 
The best I can explain: If decomposers are removed from the ecosystem, the process of mineralization will stop. The process of release of inorganic substances both minerals (H2O, CO2, etc.) and non-minerals from organic matter (e.g. Ca^2+, NH4, Mg^2+, K^+, etc.) is called mineralization. It is the last step in the process of decomposition.