Why are there so many producers in the ecosystem?

I noticed that there are more producers than top level consumers, and I am wondering why there are more producers in an ecosystem when they get eaten more.

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago
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    Because producers are the ultimate source of nutrients in an ecosystem. All other organisms depend on the producers for food. If there are too many consumers, it will result in a shortage of food, and the populations of the consumers will crash.

  • 9 months ago

    There are more producers BECAUSE they get eaten more. Energy transfer up a food pyramid is very inefficient, about 10% according to Starling (the same man better-known for his law of the heart.). Therefore, biomass is about 10 times greater, per layer, as you work your way down the pyramid.

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