Decaying stump with fungus

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Temperate deciduous forest
Nutrient cycles Nitrogen; Carbon; Decomposition
Change over time Decomposition
Organisms Fungi
Lessons Decomposers and detritivores
Date January 04, 2004
Location Newton,Massachusetts,USA,North America

Decaying stump, Massachusetts. As trees and other living organisms die, they are slowly decomposed by a host of fungi, bacteria, and detritus-eating arthropods. The nutrients from this decomposing material become part of the soil, until they are taken up again by living organisms. Without this process of nutrient recycling, the plants in this forest would not survive.