Asked in Ecosystems
Why is there less energy in the primary consumers than there is in the producers?
Asked in Biology
Why is energy transfer between producers and primary consumers less than between primary consumers and secondary consumers?
Asked in Ecosystems, Consumers (food chain)
There is less energy available to consumers at higher levels in a food why?
What is a description of the energy flow through an ecosystem?
The plants get 10 percent energy from the sun. The highest concentration of energy is in producers [for example plants or algae]. Then the primary consumer eats only plants but retain only ten percent of their energy. Secondary consumers eat the primary consumers and get ten percent from the primary consumers. Secondary consumers can also eat plants. Then the final level is the tertiary consumers who are typically carnivores and eat secondary consumers. They retain 10 percent from the secondary consumers. So with each level less energy is achieved.