Thermodynamic theory explains the temperature optima of soil microbial processes and high Q10 values at low temperatures.

@article{Schipper2014ThermodynamicTE,
  title={Thermodynamic theory explains the temperature optima of soil microbial processes and high Q10 values at low temperatures.},
  author={Louis A Schipper and Joanne K. Hobbs and Susanna Rutledge and Vickery L Arcus},
  journal={Global change biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={20 11},
  pages={3578-86}
}
Our current understanding of the temperature response of biological processes in soil is based on the Arrhenius equation. This predicts an exponential increase in rate as temperature rises, whereas in the laboratory and in the field, there is always a clearly identifiable temperature optimum for all microbial processes. In the laboratory, this has been explained by denaturation of enzymes at higher temperatures, and in the field, the availability of substrates and water is often cited as… CONTINUE READING
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