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Descriptor English:   Food Chain 
Descriptor Spanish:   Cadena Alimentaria 
Descriptor Portuguese:   Cadeia Alimentar 
Synonyms English:   Chain, Food
Chain, Parasite
Chain, Predator
Chain, Saprophytic
Chains, Food
Chains, Parasite
Chains, Predator
Chains, Saprophytic
Food Chains
Food Web
Food Webs
Parasite Chain
Parasite Chains
Predator Chain
Predator Chains
Saprophytic Chain
Saprophytic Chains
Web, Food
Webs, Food  
Tree Number:   G16.500.275.157.250
Definition English:   The sequence of transfers of matter and energy from organism to organism in the form of FOOD. Food chains intertwine locally into a food web because most organisms consume more than one type of animal or plant. PLANTS, which convert SOLAR ENERGY to food by PHOTOSYNTHESIS, are the primary food source. In a predator chain, a plant-eating animal is eaten by a larger animal. In a parasite chain, a smaller organism consumes part of a larger host and may itself be parasitized by smaller organisms. In a saprophytic chain, microorganisms live on dead organic matter. 
See Related English:   Ecological Equilibrium
Trophic Levels
History Note English:   99 
Record Number:   33884 
Unique Identifier:   D020387 

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