Step 2: Biotic Factors
Some biotic factors of the rainforest are Bamboo Bannana Trees,ant eaters,jaguars,and Rubber Trees.
Step 3: Carrying Capacity and Changes in Population
Carrying capacity-the limit of individual organisms of a species that a habitat can support
To be able to survive the population of the rainforest needs these recourses :
The population of the Rainforest would increase if there was a lot of resources, but the population level would drop if there were to be a decrease in the resources. If for some reason their were to be a drought in the rain forest, the population would highly decrease due to the natural habitat. For example, a jaguar in the rainforest is used to having plenty of water; it would have to adapt to a new habitat to survive withought as much water. Over time the Jaguars will adapt if the drought continues.
Step 4: Limiting factors and predator/prey Relationships
Limiting factors could possibly be a drought,extinction of a population,flood,or a cut off of a recource.
Some predator/prey relationships in a rainforest are: Anteaters/Ants, Snakes/frogs, Jaguars/fish, & Frogs/small beetles.
If there were to be an extinction in ants, then Anteaters would start becoming extinct. This is because ants are their main food source.
Step 5:Energy Roles
Producers:Bromiliads,vines,victorian water lily They recieve their energy from the sun.
hummingbirds. They recieve energy from the producers.
Carnivores(consumers):Jaguars,leopards, Tigers. They recieve their energy from herbivors.
Omnivores (consumers):Spider monkey, poison-dart frog,Squirrel monkey. They recieve their energy from Carnivores and herbivors.
Scavengers(consumers):King vulture,Giant millipede,Army ants. They recieve their energy from dead plant and animal matter from the forest floor.
decomposers:Termites,Earthworms,fungi. They recieve their energy by ''eating'' or breaking down the dying or dead organism.
Producers are very important to this ecosystem, because they produce oxygen and the animals can eat the plants.They are the base of our food chain, primary consumers such as herbivores (plant eaters) eat producers when secondary consumers (omnivores) eat those and finally tertiary consumers eat those.
Step 6: Food chains & Food webs
In my ecosystem, food webs are more realistic than food chains because it shows a lot more of what the consumers eat.Food webs show more energy flows through producers and consumers.
If I were to remove the Strangler Figs, then the Sloths,Spider Monkeys, and ants will start to decrease in population. Then after that the clouded leopard and the poison dart frog will start to decrease in population as well. All this happens because the Rainforest needs its producers for energy.
Step 7: Trophic Levels and Energy Pyramids
Its best to use a pyramid to explain how much energy is in each trophic level rather than using any other shape. This is due to the fact that producers get the most energy so their in the largest part of the pyramid (the base). The tertiary consumers (top predators) are at the top of the pyramid (smallest part), because they get the least amount of energy(kcals).This represents that as each part of the pyramid gets smaller, the energy(kcals) that each organism gets is also smaller.
carbon dioxide + water =light energy=> glucose + oxygen
6CO2 + 6H2O =light energy=> C6H12O6 + 6O2 (Chemical equation for all substances involved in photosynthesis)
The reactants for photosynthesis are carbon dioxide,sun's radiant energy,and water.Photosynthesis needs carbon dioxide and water so the plant can break these substances apart and recombine them to produce oxygen and glucose(the products of photosynthesis).
Photosynthesis takes place in the chloroplast of the plant cell, because chloroplast contains chlorophyll which is the primary pigment used in photosynthesis.
Phototropism-a plant moving towards or with the sun
Phototropism can be found in the rainforest,because during photosynthesis the plants face towards the sun to get the sun's radiant energy. Phototropism helps the plants in my ecosystem survive by helping through photosynthesis. With out photosynthesis, the plants wouldn't be able to make their own food and there wouldn't be oxygen produced.
Step 10:The Role of Decomposers
Decomposers are vital to my ecosystem because they decompose dead matter and that puts nutrients in the soil which helps plants grow. If there were no decomposers then the soil would lack necessary nutrients and the plants population would decrease very highly which would make the rest of the organisms population's decrease highly as well.
Some decomposers you would find in my ecosystem would be termites,earthworms, and fungi.