detritus food web

detritus food web

[di‚trīd·əs ′füd ‚web]
(ecology)
A trophic web that is based on the consumption of dead organic material.
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When an imbalance between primary production and herbivory exist, most of the photosynthetic production is channeled through the detritus food web. As the detritus undergoes degradation, liberation of carbon and nutrients occurs thus increasing the oxygen demand for oxidation of these compounds.
Detritus food webs in conventional and no-tillage agroecosystems.