What trophic level receives energy directly from the sun?

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May 15, 2017

Producers of course


Producers get energy to grow (producing new tissues) and survive. They have some advantages and some disadvantages (such as absence or scarcity of water) to use this energy.

When consumers (such as primary consumers) eat producers (such as green plants), they get approximately 1% of the total energy (available as solar energy) hitting our planet.

The only level that directly receives energy from the sun is the first level or the level of producers .


Plants, and photosynthetic bacteria can absorb and trap energy from the sun. The energy from the sun is used to fuel the synthesis of organic energy molecules like glucose (sugar) by a process called photosynthesis.

Producers then can be said to get their energy from the sun directly.

Consumers get their energy from producers. However only approximately 10% of the energy that the producers receive from the sun is available to the first level consumers to use. The plants use 90% of the energy that they get from the sun to fuel the plants own life processes.

Consumers then can be said to get their energy indirectly from the sun but receive only 10% of the energy level of the producers.