Growth rate–stoichiometry couplings in diverse biota

@article{Elser2003GrowthRC,
  title={Growth rate–stoichiometry couplings in diverse biota},
  author={James J. Elser and Kumud Acharya and Marcia Kyle and James B. Cotner and Wataru Makino and Therese Ann Markow and Thomas D. Watts and Sarah E. Hobbie and William F. Fagan and John D. Schade and James M. Hood and Robert W. Sterner},
  journal={Ecology Letters},
  year={2003},
  volume={6},
  pages={936-943}
}
Biological stoichiometry provides a mechanistic theory linking cellular and biochemical features of co-evolving biota with constraints imposed by ecosystem energy and nutrient inputs. [] Key Result We tested the GRH using data for microbes, insects, and crustaceans and we show here that growth, RNA content, and biomass P content are tightly coupled across species, during ontogeny, and under physiological P limitation. We also show, however, that this coupling is relaxed when P is not limiting for growth. The…

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