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Macromolecular rate theory (MMRT) provides a thermodynamics rationale to underpin the convergent temperature response in plant leaf respiration

Liang, Liyin L; Arcus, Vickery L; Heskel, Mary; O'Sullivan, Odhran; Weerasinghe, Lasantha; Egerton, John; Tjoelker, Mark G; Creek, Danielle; Atkin, Owen; Schipper, Louis


Temperature is a crucial factor in determining the rates of ecosystem processes, for example, leaf respiration (R) – the flux of plant respired CO2 from leaves to the atmosphere. Generally, R increases exponentially with temperature and formulations such as the Arrhenius equation are widely used in earth system models. However, experimental observations have shown a consequential and consistent departure from an exponential increase in R. What are the principles that underlie these observed...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Global Change Biology
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13936


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