What happens when decomposers break down organic molecules?
Decomposers are heterotrophs that break down and feed on the remains of dead organisms and other organic wastes, such as feces. In the process, they release simple inorganic molecules back to the environment. Producers can then use the molecules to make new organic compounds. Decomposers are classified by the type of organic matter they break down. Two of these types are detritivores and saprotrophs.