Stoichiometry of endothermy: shifting the quest from nitrogen to carbon.

@article{Klaassen2008StoichiometryOE,
  title={Stoichiometry of endothermy: shifting the quest from nitrogen to carbon.},
  author={Marcel Klaassen and Bart A Nolet},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={11 8},
  pages={785-92}
}
For many animals, notably herbivores, plants are often an inadequate food source given the low content of protein and high content of C-rich material. This conception is mainly based on studies on ectotherms. The validity of this conception for endotherms is unclear given their much higher carbon requirements for maintenance energy metabolism than ectotherms. Applying stoichiometric principles, we hypothesized that endotherms can cope with diets with much higher (metabolizable) carbon to… CONTINUE READING
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