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Nutrient Cycle

Nutrient Cycles

All nutrient cycles have once sequence:

  • Nutrient is taken up by producers as simple, inorganic molecules.
  • Producer incorporates nutrient into complex organic molecules.
  • When the producer is eaten, the nutrient passes into consumers.
  • Nutrient then passes onto secondary, tertiary or quaternary consumers.
  • When the producers and consumers die, their complex molecules are broken down by decomposers that release the nutrient in its original simple form.