Decomposers of the Marine and Estuarine Ecosystems

  • Abhijit Mitra
  • Sufia Zaman


Decomposers are widely distributed in the salty blue soup of the planet Earth and occupy a key position in an ecological food chain/web. They are considered as ‘cleaners’ of the ecosystem as they are capable of degrading complex organic matter in to simpler forms. The vast volume of saltwater may be the reason behind the presence of wide variety and large number of decomposers in the marine and estuarine ecosystems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abhijit Mitra
    • 1
  • Sufia Zaman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine ScienceUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of OceanographyTechno India UniversityKolkataIndia

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