Presentation on theme: "Relationships between organisms. Connections between organisms All living things on the earth are connected in some way. This unit we will study these."— Presentation transcript:
Connections between organisms All living things on the earth are connected in some way. This unit we will study these relationships: – Producer/consumer/decomposer – Predator/Prey – Competition – Symbiosis
Producer/consumer/decomposer We’ve already learned that a producer is able to use the sun’s energy to make food. We’ve also learned that a consumer has to get food by eating producers (herbivore) or other consumers (carnivore) or both, (omnivore).
Producer/consumer/decomposer Producers (autotrophs) capture the energy that all other organisms rely on to survive. Without producers, the sun’s energy couldn’t be used by living things.
Producer/consumer/decomposer A decomposer is an organism that breaks down waste and dead organisms. Decomposers help to recycle nutrients. Without decomposers, dead things would pile up, and nutrients would run out.
Producer/consumer/decomposer Are each of these organisms a producer, consumer, or decomposer?
Consumers - Predator/Prey An organism that kills and eats another organism for food is called a predator. An organism that gets killed and eaten by a predator is called the prey.
Predator/Prey Predator populations rise and fall in relation to the prey they eat. – (If there is a decrease in the amount of prey, there will soon be a decrease in the amount of predators). – (If there is an increase in the amount of prey, there will soon be an increase in the amount of predators).
Predator/Prey Example: Voles vs. Birds of Prey in Cache Valley – Christmas Bird Count 2011 – Wet Spring led to record low number of voles – Fewer birds of prey reported that Christmas.
Competition Competition occurs when 2 or more organisms are both trying to use the same limited resource.
Competition Competition could occur between producers or consumers Competition might occur between organisms of the same species, or different species.
Competition Competition might occur because of limited: – Food – Space – Sunlight – Mates – Or any other limited resource
Carrying capacity The maximum amount of individuals of a certain species that an environment can support is called the carrying capacity.
Carrying capacity Example: Eurasian Collared Doves in Cache Valley
Limiting factor The resource that runs out when a population reaches its carrying capacity is called the limiting factor. Limiting factors lead to competition between organisms.
Symbiosis Symbiosis is when two different species of organisms live closely together for an extended period of time. – “Sym” = same – “bio” = life There are 3 types of symbiosis: – Mutualism – Commensalism – Parasitism
Symbiosis - Mutualism Mutualism is when the 2 organisms both benefit from the relationship. (They help each other.) +
Symbiosis - ? Why don’t we have a word for a relationship where both organisms are harmed by the relationship?
Symbiosis and you What is one example of mutualism that a person might be involved in? What is one example of commensalism that a person might be involved in? What is one example of parasitism that a person might be involved in?
Symbiosis and you Think about your friends. – What would a mutualist friend be like? – What would a commensalist friend be like? – What would a parasitic friend be like? – What type of friend are you?