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How do redwood trees fit into the foodweb/what are their predators?

Asked by bunnygirl50665 (80 points ) May 26th, 2010

No internet source I’ve found yet has any information on the organisms that eat redwoods. Do they have any predators?
I suppose decomposers such as fungi eat redwoods, but other than that I can’t think of any other organism that eats these trees.

Help is much appreciated!

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dpworkin's avatar

The enemy of the redwood tree is fire, and redwood is known for fire resistance. Perhaps that is why redwoods in excess of 2,000 years old are not rare.

Arp's avatar

@dpworkin Fire is not an organism. I think you lost the game.

bunnygirl50665's avatar

Yes, but I’m talking about organisms being the predator.

bunnygirl50665's avatar

I think I’ll just go with fungi. When the redwood dies, something’s got to decompose it. But what eats fungi…?

bunnygirl50665's avatar

Do termites like redwood bark?

bunnygirl50665's avatar

According to a google search, redwood is generally a tree is a natural deterrent of termites. So maybe it is fungi. But the same question arises, what organisms eat fungi?

bunnygirl50665's avatar

Ok, I figured it out myself. (as usual.)
Fungi decompose dead redwoods, and then (if the fungi is a non-poisonous mushroom) it may be eaten by a human or a mushroom-eating animal such as a deer. The deer may then be eaten by a cougar or mountain lion. When the cougar or mountain lion dies, a fungi such as a mushroom will decompose the body. The remains will eventually become soil, and a redwood tree could possibly grow on that soil and use the soil’s nutrients that came from the dead cougar or mountain lion. The cycle continues.

SeventhSense's avatar

What are there predators? They’re called homo sapiens

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@bunnygirl50665 Redwood trees are also susceptible to predation from bark beetles (a few different types).

SmoothEmeraldOasis's avatar

http://sunnyfortuna.com/explore/redwoods_facts_02.htm
this is a good site to get more answers. I hope this helps ;-)

Jeruba's avatar

Fungi also grow on living redwoods. But I don’t think they’re doing any damage.

bunnygirl50665's avatar

Thank you! I think I have a pretty good idea of what I need to write.

Thelma's avatar

I suggest that you get in touch with the Big-Time, all-time redwood tree experts, the Save The Redwoods League. You can reach them at this address: Save The Redwoods League, 114 Sansome Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94104–3823. You can call them at (415) 362–2352, or reach them online at SaveTheRedwoods.org.

The only email address I have for them: sbalisteri@SaveTheRedwoodsLeague.org

Jeruba's avatar

Those are the real predators of redwoods, is that what you’re saying, @SeventhSense? That photo is painful to look at.

SmoothEmeraldOasis's avatar

Wow! You all have some great advice, and I am glad to be a part of this intellectual site. Have a wonderful and restful night. ;-)

SeventhSense's avatar

@Jeruba Y
Yes basically but I’m not against intelligent logging. It it is kind of painful when you see these behemoths felled though. It was a different time and place when nature was simply a resource to be exploited.

tacres's avatar

Those trees are so majestic. Talk about making one feel small. I traveled to the park over 30 years ago. You could get right up to the trees that were the biggest attractions then ( pun intended ). I am glad to see that they are fenced off now to protect their root system. @SeventhSense man was the worst predator & still is but the photos of the cavalry unit on the big tree & the “Log cabin” of the first two settlers were still pretty remarkable.Although I seem to remember both trees had died of natural causes& had fallen over of their accord.

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