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Growing and Flowing

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photosynthesis process that algae and plants use to produce food
respiration process that plants and other living organisms use to turn glucose or starches into energy
glucose a simple sugar that is an important energy source of all living organisms * plants make sugar during photosynthesis * organisms release glucose during during respiration and use it for energy
transpiration evaporation of water from plants
producer algae and green plants that produce organic compounds(glucose) from inorganic compounds (carbon dioxide, water, sunlight) *use sunlight to make their own food during photosynthesis
consumer an organism that obtains energy by eating other organisms * herbivore - consumer that eats only plants * carnivore - consumer that only eats other animals * omnivore - eats both producers and other consumers
decomposer an organism that breaks down organic matter, like decaying animals or plants, and returns nutrients to the soil
ecosystem plants and animals in a specific location that interact to survive * ecosystems contain living and non-living things (biotic & abiotic)
food chain a series of organisms, each dependent on the next, for food & energy * grass (captures sunlight) --- rabbit --- hawk
food web a system of interlocking and interdependent food chains
Created by: lcochrane