Results 1 to 3 of 3

Math Help - Products of decomposers

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Joined
    May 2011
    Posts
    34

    Products of decomposers

    Can anyone please explain this question to me:

    The activity of decomposers returns sustrances to the atmosphere.
    Which products of decomposition enter the atmosphere?
    A) carbon dioxide and nitrogen
    B) carbon dioxide and water
    C) oxygen and nitrogen
    D) oxygen and water

    The answer should be B, but why? don't decomposers produce nitrogen? and how does it produce CO2 and H2O, it there like a chemical formula for this?

    TIA
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  2. #2
    MHF Contributor Unknown008's Avatar
    Joined
    May 2010
    From
    Mauritius
    Posts
    1,260
    Decomposers are the organisms which, for example, make leaves and dead bodies decompose. What do these contain? They contain mainly carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, together with proteins (which contain nitrogen) and other substances such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc (minerals).

    Minerals get into the soil, while proteins are converted to ammonia by decomposers then to nitrites then nitrates by nitrogenous bacteria (not decomposers). The decomposers basically feed on the dead matter and respire in doing so. Hence you get carbon dioxide and water.

    Also, denitrifying bacteria lastly converts excess nitrates to nitrogen gas.
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

  3. #3
    Member
    Joined
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    77
    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown008 View Post
    Decomposers are the organisms which, for example, make leaves and dead bodies decompose. What do these contain? They contain mainly carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, together with proteins (which contain nitrogen) and other substances such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc (minerals).

    Minerals get into the soil, while proteins are converted to ammonia by decomposers then to nitrites then nitrates by nitrogenous bacteria (not decomposers). The decomposers basically feed on the dead matter and respire in doing so. Hence you get carbon dioxide and water.

    Also, denitrifying bacteria lastly converts excess nitrates to nitrogen gas.
    Thanks
    I really appreciate all your help :-)
    Follow Math Help Forum on Facebook and Google+

Similar Math Help Forum Discussions

  1. Dot products
    Posted in the Advanced Algebra Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: July 1st 2011, 04:32 PM
  2. Inner Products
    Posted in the Advanced Algebra Forum
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: April 28th 2011, 06:40 PM
  3. ...norm takes products to products.
    Posted in the Number Theory Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: April 23rd 2010, 09:55 PM
  4. Inner Products
    Posted in the Advanced Algebra Forum
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: April 17th 2010, 09:34 PM
  5. Inner products
    Posted in the Advanced Algebra Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: October 4th 2007, 08:36 PM

Search Tags


/mathhelpforum @mathhelpforum