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The Web of Life All living things are part of a complex network of interactions called The Web of Life Organisms are connected to each other in the web of life by their need for energy to live and reproduce Nonliving things such as temperature sunlight and rainfall also affect the growth of plants and animals The study of the living and nonliving parts of the environment and how they affect organisms is called ecology Scientists who study ecology are called ecologists Ecology is only one aspect of biology Microorganisms organisms too small to be seen with the unaided eye such as bacteria began to break down the uneaten portions causing them to decay Flies laid eggs on the remains and the eggs hatched into wormlike maggots that fed on the flesh The green plants use light energy to make food Because they make their own food they are called producers Animals cannot make their own food so they eat plants or other animals or both Organisms that are unable to make their own food are called consumers During the process of decay consumers that break down the bodies of dead plants and animals are called decomposers Bacteria and mushrooms are examples of decomposers The producers consumers and decomposers that live and interact in one area form a community The raspberry bush the rabbit and the fox can be connected in a food chain When all the food chains in a community are connected to each other a food web is formed Food webs and food chains tend to keep living organisms in balance Chemical energy energy stored in the structure of molecules particularly organic molecules Chemical energy is found in the structure of the molecules that make up the meat and the potatoes In the process of photosynthesis plants absorb light energy and convert it to the chemical energy found in sugars The
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