Can You Find Fungi in a Grassland Biome?

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Can You Find Fungi in a Grassland Biome?
A grassland biome may be dotted with a few trees. (yellow grassland image by Galyna Andrushko from Fotolia.com)

According to the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the grassland biome is usually a large, flat area dominated by grasses. There may be few or no trees. Fungi are present in the food web of the grassland biome in the role of decomposers.

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Producers and Primary Consumers

All grassland biomes begin with grasses as the green plant producers in the food web. According to educator Sheri Amsel, the food web in an African savannah includes herbivores, such as zebras and elephants, as primary consumers of the grass.

Can You Find Fungi in a Grassland Biome?
The zebra is a primary consumer in an African grassland. (Zebra image by Marco Manieri from Fotolia.com)

Secondary Consumers and Scavengers

Secondary consumers are carnivores, such as cheetahs, who feed on primary consumers. Scavengers like vultures and hyenas consume food left by the secondary consumers.

Can You Find Fungi in a Grassland Biome?
Scavengers, like the vulture, are an important part of a grassland's food web. (vulture on fencepost image by PHOTOFLY from Fotolia.com)

Decomposers

Decomposers include insects, microorganisms in the soil and fungi. Their role is to break down organic waste and dead material and return it to the soil, which in turn nourishes the grasses.

Can You Find Fungi in a Grassland Biome?
Grasslands fungi help restore usable nutrients to the soil. (toadstool mushroom fungi image by david hughes from Fotolia.com)

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