Protists are a major food source for animals
Protists produce approximately 75% of the oxygen on the Earth.
Protists decompose dead materials, returning nutrients to the soil.
Protists found in the gut of animals assist in digestion.
Increased amounts of sunlight are able to reach the ground while the pioneer species are decomposing.
Increased soil temperatures from decomposing pioneer species help tree seeds germinate more quickly
Increased amounts of decomposing pioneer species remove nutrients that tree seedlings need to grow and mature
Increased amounts of soil from decomposing pioneer species allow plants with more extensive root systems to become established.
Saprophytes perform gas exchange that assists the cellular activities of autotrophes.
Saprophytes extract minerals from living tissue to recycle them back into the soil.
Saprophytes transport nutrients through the xylem and phloem in autotrophs.
Saprophytes return organic matieral to the soil for use by living organisms.
Mowing increases the likelihood of nonnative species displacing native species.
Mowing increases the number of species found in the field
Mowing causes different types of communities to form across the field.
Mowing maintains a low species diversity by inhibiting further succession.
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