What are saprophytes?
There are fungi that feed on dead and decaying plants and animals. These fungi may live on leaf litter, fallen dead wood, tree stumps and/or branches. Some special ones live on dead animals and animal droppings.
Saprophytes are very useful. They help to break down organic matter. They recycle nutrients. Nutrients from dead and dying plants and animals are broken down and released back into the soil. Then other living plants take up the nutrients. This helps our gardens and forests to continue to grow.