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The origin and maintenance of metabolic allometry in animals

White, Craig R.; Marshall, Dustin J.; Alton, Lesley A.; Arnold, Pieter; Beaman, Julian E.; Bywater, Candice L.; Condon, Catriona; Crispin, Taryn S.; Janetzki, Aidan; Pirtle, Elia; Winwood-Smith, Hugh S.

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Organisms vary widely in size, from microbes weighing 0.1 pg to trees weighing thousands of megagrams — a 1021-fold range similar to the difference in mass between an elephant and the Earth. Mass has a pervasive influence on biological processes, but the effect is usually non-proportional; for example, a tenfold increase in mass is typically accompanied by just a four- to sevenfold increase in metabolic rate. Understanding the cause of allometric scaling has been a long-standing problem in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/173748
Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0839-9

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