I have a doubt for which I haven't found the exact answer.

Decomposers break down complex substances into simpler substances and make it available for producers. But what does decomposers get (or eat) in this process.

Answer with an example would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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    Jun 17, 2021 at 16:22

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There is stored energy in complex substances: that's what the decomposers use. For instance, if you've ever made bread, you'll have seen yeast decompose sugars & starches (complex substances) into less-complex CO2 and ethanol, using the energy released to reproduce.


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