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________ is the process by which plants absorb a portion of their nutrients from senescing tissues to be stored and used for the production of new tissues.

The breakdown of chemical bonds that were formed during the construction of plant and animal tissues is called ________.

The release of organically bound nutrients into an inorganic form is called ________.

The introduction of high levels of nutrients into a body of water is called ________.

Precipitation brings appreciable quantities of nutrients into ecosystems that are collectively called ________.

Large quantities of nutrients are bound tightly in ________ structure; they are not readily available until released by the activities of decomposers.

Some nutrients are ________ from the soil and carried out of ecosystems by underground water flow to streams.

The element ________ is a basic constituent of all organic compounds and is involved in the fixation of energy by photosynthesis.

The difference between the rate of carbon uptake in photosynthesis and the rate of carbon loss due to autotrophic and heterotrophic respiration is the net ________ productivity.

Nitrogen is generally available to plants in only two forms: ammonium and ________.

Biological nitrogen fixation is accomplished by symbiotic ________ living in mutualistic association with plants.

Nitrogen can be returned to the atmosphere when certain bacteria convert it from nitrate into nitrogen gas, which is a process called ________.

Microbial decomposition of organic matter results in NH4+ production through a process called ________.

Nearly all of the phosphorus in terrestrial ecosystems comes from the ________ of calcium phosphate minerals.

___________ develop as a result of incomplete decomposition of organic matter in swamps and marshes.

The process of ____________ produces a form of nitrogen that is easily lost from soil through leaching.

____________ is when too much nitrogen enters an ecosystem and causes forest decline.

_________ primary productivity is the total rate of photosynthesis or energy assimilated by plants.

Plants assimilate energy through the process of _______________.

___________is the process that releases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

A.

nitrogen saturation

B.

leached

C.

weathering

D.

decomposition

E.

gross

F.

organic

G.

nitrification

H.

retranslocation

I.

respiration

J.

denitrification

K.

nitrate

L.

bacteria

M.

fossil fuels

N.

net

O.

ecosystem

P.

mineralization

Q.

ammonification

R.

photosynthesis

S.

wetfall

T.

carbon

U.

eutrophication

 

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