Decomposers are organisms that break down rotting trees and plants. Mushrooms, beetles and wood eaters are some of the decomposers found in a deciduous forest. More »

Decomposers in a coniferous forest include fungi, worms, protozoans, nematodes and soil bacteria. Mites and Collembola insects feed on some organic matter, although they are not the primary decomposers. More »

Deciduous forest food chains and food webs are terms that refer to the hierarchy of animals and plants living in temperate forests. The food web is comprised of consumers, secondary consumers, producers and decomposers. More »

Decomposers are organisms that break down waste (such as fecal matter) and dead animals and plants in an ecosystem. Fungi, bacteria and scavengers are examples of different decomposers. More »

Land utilization for agricultural, industrial and infrastructural use remains the most striking human-driven intervention on the forest ecosystem. Clearing the land breaks the cycle of life in the forest by stripping awa... More »

The relationship between the catalpa hornworm, a caterpillar, and Cotesia congregata, a wasp, is an example of parasitism in the deciduous forest. The wasp lays its eggs inside the caterpillar, and the larvae feed off of... More »

There are many abiotic factors present in the temperate deciduous forest, but some of the most common are rocks, climate, soil, sunlight, rain and temperature. The abiotic factors of an ecosystem are all the nonliving th... More »