Humans consider themselves amazingly clever and innovative, constantly developing “new” ways of altering the world around us. As material consumption has increased, many have turned to the ideas of recycling and reuse as a means to minimize some negative aspects of our modern consumerism. Mother Nature though is the ultimate innovator and, more importantly, the ultimate recycler.

Write a brief paper that summarizes the key role that protists and fungi play as nature’s recyclers. Focus your paper on your local environment or perhaps your favorite location. Emphasize their specific ecological functions, using appropriate terminology, within food webs and biogeochemical cycles. Identify at least one species of each within your paper.