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  • 1. 6 th Grade Science Chapter 14 Interactions of Life Notes Section 14.3 Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park
  • 2.
    • What does life require?
    • All life requires a constant supply of energy.
    • How do most producers make their food?
    • Most producers make their food by a process called photosynthesis.
    Key Questions 1
  • 3.
    • Living organisms need a constant supply of energy.
    Obtaining Energy
    • The energy that fuels most life on Earth comes from the Sun.
    • Most organisms use the Sun’s energy to create energy-rich molecules through the process of photosynthesis.
  • 4.
    • The energy-rich molecules, usually sugars, serve as food.
    • When the molecules break apart  for example, during digestion  the energy in the chemical bonds is released to fuel life processes.
    Obtaining Energy
  • 5.
    • Organisms that use an outside energy source like the Sun to make energy-rich molecules are called producers .
    • Most producers contain chlorophyll (KLOR uh fihl), a chemical that is required for photosynthesis.
  • 6. Asheville's climate offers milder summer temperatures and a longer growing season than much of the country, allowing us to grow longer, slow growing crops as well as some heat-intolerant northern species.
  • 7.
    • What is chemosynthesis?
    • Some producers make energy rich molecules using a process called chemosynthesis.
    • Can consumers make their own food?
    • Consumers cannot make their food. They obtain energy from eating producers or other consumers.
    Key Questions 2
  • 8.
    • Some producers do not contain chlorophyll and do not use energy from the Sun.
    • They make energy-rich molecules through a process called chemosynthesis (kee moh SIHN thuh sus).
  • 9.
    • Organisms that cannot make their own energy-rich molecules are called consumers .
    • Consumers obtain energy by eating other organisms.
  • 10.
    • Herbivores are the vegetarians of the world. They include rabbits, deer, and other plant eaters.
  • 11.
    • Omnivores, including pigs and humans, eat mostly plants and animals.
    • Carnivores are animals that eat other animals. Frogs and spiders are carnivores that eat insects.
  • 12.
    • Decomposers, including fungi, bacteria, and earthworms, consume wastes and dead organisms.
  • 13.
    • What is a food chain?
    • A food chain models the feeding relationship between species.
    • What is symbiosis?
    • Symbiosis is any close relationship between species.
    Key Questions 3 The Sombrero Galaxy
  • 14.
    • A food chain is a simple model of the feeding relationships in an ecosystem.
    Food Chains
    • For example, shrubs are food for deer, and deer are food for mountain lions.
  • 15. Food chains are representatives of the relationships of living organisms in nature. Most consumers feed on multiple species and in turn, are fed upon by multiple other species. For a snake, the prey might be a mouse, a lizard, or a frog, and the predator might be a bird of prey or a badger.
  • 16.
    • Many organisms live together and share resources in other ways.
    Symbiotic Relationships
    • Any close relationship between species is called symbiosis .
  • 17.
    • What are some types of symbiosis?
    • Mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism are types of symbiosis.
    • What is an organism’s niche?
    • An organism’s niche describes how an organism finds food, shelter, and avoids danger.
    Key Questions 4
  • 18.
    • Lichens are made up of an alga or a cyanobacterium that lives within the tissues of a fungus.
    • Both organisms benefit from this association.
    • A symbiotic relationship in which both species will benefit is call mutualism.
  • 19.
    • A symbiotic relationship in which one organism benefits and the other is not affected is called commensalisms (kuh MEN suh lih zum).
  • 20.
    • Roundworms, are common in puppies.
    • The roundworm attaches itself to the inside of the puppy’s intestine and feeds on nutrients in the puppy’s blood.
  • 21.
    • A rotting log in a forest can be home to many species of insects, including termites that eat decaying wood and ants that feed on the termites.
    • An organism’s niche is its role in its environment  how it obtains food and shelter, finds a mate, cares for its young, and avoids danger.
  • 22.
    • The presence of predators usually increases the number of different species that can live in an ecosystem.
    • Predators limit the size of prey populations.
    Predator and Prey
  • 23.
    • Explain why all consumers depend on producers for food.
    • Evaluate the significant role of decomposers in Earth’s ecosystems.
    • Compare and contrast the terms habitat and niche.
    • A parasite can obtain food only from a host organism. Explain why most parasites weaken, but do not kill, their hosts.
    Questions Section 14.3