how do microorganisms effect on decay in the rainforest



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    Microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, are responsible for breaking down dead organic material and incorporating it back into the soil.  Because of the abundance of these microorganisms, along with high heat and humidity, decay occurs so fast in rain forests that very little of the organic matter and its nutrients make it into the soil before being consumed by living organisms.  For this reason, the rainforest’s soil, despite the abundance of dead organic matter, is actually very infertile.  Some microorganisms also assist larger organisms, such as trees, in the process of absorbing nutrients from decayed matter.

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