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Question Video: Identifying Groups of Organisms and How They Feed Science

Which group of organisms feeds on dead matter and breaks it down?

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Which group of organisms feeds on dead matter and breaks it down?

To answer the question, let’s start by thinking about the different groups of organisms in terms of how they feed. One feeding group is the producers, also known as the autotrophs. Another is the consumers. A third is the saprophytes.

Producers make their own food using a process called photosynthesis. Plants are examples of producers. Consumers are a group that have to eat other organisms to survive. Animals are consumers. Some consumers eat other consumers like this killer whale. And others like this rabbit eat producers. Saprophytes are a group that feed on dead matter and break it down. Examples are fungi and bacteria. So, we can rule out producers and consumers as neither of them feed on dead matter or break it down.

The correct answer is saprophytes. They are the group of organisms that feeds on dead matter and breaks it down.

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