3 ProducersPlants are called producers because they are able to use light energy from the Sun to produce food (sugar) from carbon dioxide and water.
4 ConsumersAnimals cannot make their own food so they must eat plants and/or other animals.There are three groups of consumers.Primary ConsumersSecondary ConsumersTertiary Consumers
5 Decomposers Bacteria and fungi which feed on decaying matter. Decomposers speed up the decaying process that releases mineral salts back into the food chain for absorption by plants as nutrients.
6 OmnivoresAnimals and people who eat BOTH animals and plants are called omnivores.
7 Carnivore Are animals that eat other animals. carnivores that eat herbivores are called secondary consumers.carnivores that eat other carnivores are called tertiary consumers
8 HerbivoreAn animal that feeds on plants. Also known as (or primary consumers).
9 Food Chain, Food Web, and/or Food Networks Describes the feeding relationships between species in an ecological community. They graphically represent the transfer of material and energy from one species to another within an ecosystem.