Nutrient Cycle in the Equatorial Rainforest
Surprisingly, the majority of nutrients within the equatorial, rainforest biome are stored in the biomass (living organisms e.g. plants and animals). Due to the hot and humid climate the continual supply of litter (dead plant and animal matter) decomposes rapidly as the result of bacterial action. Nutrient levels in the soil are relatively low due to leaching and the deep soils are inherently infertile.