Control of microbial communities by the macrofauna: a sensitive interaction in the context of extreme summer temperatures?

@article{Viergutz2006ControlOM,
  title={Control of microbial communities by the macrofauna: a sensitive interaction in the context of extreme summer temperatures?},
  author={Carsten Viergutz and Marcel Kathol and Helge Norf and Hartmut Arndt and Markus Weitere},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2006},
  volume={151},
  pages={115-124}
}
Climate models predict an increasing frequency of extremely hot summer events in the northern hemisphere for the near future. We hypothesised that microbial grazing by the metazoan macrofauna is an interaction that becomes unbalanced at high temperatures due to the different development of the grazing rates of the metazoans and the growth rates of the microbial community with increasing temperature. In order to test this hypothesis, we performed grazing experiments in which we measured the… CONTINUE READING
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