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Toward a metabolic theory of ecology
This work has developed a quantitative theory for how metabolic rate varies with body size and temperature, and predicts how metabolic theory predicts how this rate controls ecological processes at all levels of organization from individuals to the biosphere. Expand
A General Model for the Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology
The model provides a complete analysis of scaling relations for mammalian circulatory systems that are in agreement with data and predicts structural and functional properties of vertebrate cardiovascular and respiratory systems, plant vascular systems, insect tracheal tubes, and other distribution networks. Expand
Effects of Size and Temperature on Metabolic Rate
A general model is derived, based on principles of biochemical kinetics and allometry, that characterizes the effects of temperature and body mass on metabolic rate of microbes, ectotherms, endotherms (including those in hibernation), and plants in temperatures ranging from 0° to 40°C. Expand
A general model for the structure and allometry of plant vascular systems
Vascular plants vary in size by about twelve orders of magnitude, and a single individual sequoia spans nearly this entire range as it grows from a seedling to a mature tree. Size influences nearlyExpand
Microbial biogeography: putting microorganisms on the map
Current evidence confirms that, as proposed by the Baas-Becking hypothesis, 'the environment selects' and is, in part, responsible for spatial variation in microbial diversity, but recent studies also dispute the idea that 'everything is everywhere'. Expand
A general model for ontogenetic growth
A general quantitative model based on fundamental principles for the allocation of metabolic energy between maintenance of existing tissue and the production of new biomass is derived to predict the parameters governing growth curves from basic cellular properties and derive a single parameterless universal curve that describes the growth of many diverse species. Expand
The predominance of quarter-power scaling in biology
It is shown that interspecific variation in BMR, as well as field metabolic rates of mammals, and basal or standard metabolic rates for many other organisms, including vertebrates, invertebrates, protists and plants, all scale with exponents whose confidence intervals include 3 / 4 and exclude 2 / 3. Expand
Feedback with soil biota contributes to plant rarity and invasiveness in communities
Science 286, 2165–2169 (1999). 23. Ochman, H. & Moran, N. A. Genes lost and genes found: Evolution of bacterial pathogenesis and symbiosis. Science 292, 1096–1099 (2001). 24. Brosius, J., Dull, T J.Expand
Effects of Body Size and Temperature on Population Growth
A theory shows how the intrinsic rate of exponential population growth depends on individual metabolic rate and resource supply rate, and makes explicit the relationship between rates of resource supply in the environment and rates of production of new biomass and individuals. Expand
Allometric scaling of plant energetics and population density
Scaling relationships that describe variation in population density with body size in ecological communities, such as the thinning law in plant ecology, can be explained in terms of how individualsExpand