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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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How can you explain the exceptionally large loss of biomass between the first and second trophic levels of the tropical forest ecosystem?

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The way in which the exceptionally large loss of biomass between the first and second tropic levels of the forest ecosystem can be explained.

Explanation

The first tropic level is occupied by the producers of the ecosystem. In forest ecosystems, there are large numbers of plants that serve as producers. Plants are the autotrophs that use solar energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into organic molecules. These organic molecules such as fats, proteins, and carbohydrates support the life of other forms. Apart from plants, some photosynthetic bacteria and the sulfur-dependent organisms that exist at thermal vents on the sea floor also come under the category of autotrophs...

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