Guinea Grass And The Mango Tree

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Producers in an ecosystem are typically plants or other autotrophic organisms. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston implies that mango trees and African grasses serve as producers in their respective ecosystems. The mango tree is native to central Africa. Mango trees achieve heights of 90ft and widths of 80ft because of their deep-set roots and stable bases (Wanitprapha). The mango tree belongs to genus Mangifera and the most common mango species is Mangifera indica. The mango is a food source for frugivores, and its soft skin allows many species access to its sugary pulp. Guinea grass is another producer on the African continent. Guinea grass is the favored food for all grazing herbivores that inhabit the African plains. This absolute favoritism stems from its palatability, ubiquity, and accessibility with heights ranging from 0.5 to 3.5m (Guinea). Guinea grass resides in the genus Megathryrsus and species M. maxmius. Guinea grass serves as the primary food source for thousands of herbivores. Guinea grass and the mango tree also contribute to the general well being of their ecosystems. These plants spew oxygen into the environment and simultaneously ingest carbon dioxide. Both consumers and the environment feel the favorable effects of the mango tree and guinea grass. Consumers generally obtain food by feeding on other organisms. Some consumers in the Hot Zone are the fruit bat and Cape buffalo. The fruit bat or megabat is a member of the suborder Megachiroptera and family…

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