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Food Chains/Food Webs

Consumer An organism that eats other organisms (plants and or animals) for food
Decomposer An organism that gets energy by feeding on dead materials and waste
Dependent To rely on someone or something else
Ecosystem A unit consisting of living organisms and the environment that they live in
Food chain A representation of the flow of energy from the Sun through producers to consumers and decomposers in an ecosystem
Food web Representation of overlapping food chains in an ecosystem; includes the flow of energy from the Sun through producers to consumers and decomposers through multiple pathways
Habitat The place where an organism lives; habitats supply the organism with food, shelter, moisture, and temperature for survival
Overpopulation Having too many people or organisms in a particular area, straining available resources and impacting the environment
Photosynthesis Process by which producers / plants use the energy in sunlight to create their own food
Producer An organism that makes its own food (e.g., plants)
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