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What is the role of producers in an ecosystem?

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Producers are able to make their own food and do not rely on the ecosystem for nourishment. Examples of producers include photosynthetic microbes and plants.

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What is the role of producers in an ecosystem?
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Producers in an ecosystem provide food and nourishment for other species. For example, green plants self-feed via photosynthesis and then grazing animals use the plants for their own nourishment. Photosynthesis is a process in which an organism uses inorganic carbon to synthesize organic compounds using solar energy or light. Autotrophs are a producer because they too create their own food via inorganic substances, such as carbon dioxide. The consumers who feed on producers are heterotrophs.

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