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
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.