Red Fungi (image) American Society of Agronomy Share Print E-Mail Caption Fungi play an important role in the ecosystem by decomposing plant and animal debris into nutrients and simpler compounds. Credit Susan V. Fisk Usage Restrictions For use with story only. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.