What is thermal acclimation

  title={What is thermal acclimation},
  author={Kari Y. H. Lagerspetz},
  journal={Journal of Thermal Biology},
  • K. Lagerspetz
  • Published 1 May 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Thermal Biology
Physiological plasticity, long term resistance or acclimation to temperature, in the Antarctic bivalve, Laternula elliptica.
Consequences of thermal plasticity for hypoxic performance in coastal amphipods.
The importance of incorporating natural thermal variation when evaluating physiological performance in wild species
Physiological responses associated with stable temperatures are distinct from those in thermally variable environments and the authors need to understand these differences to truly predict how animals will respond to climate change.
Thermal acclimation offsets the negative effects of nitrate on aerobic scope and performance
Nitrate exposure increases the susceptibility of fish to acute changes in temperature by lowering aerobic scope and performance, but thermal phenotypic plasticity can override these potentially detrimental effects.
A single heat-stress bout induces rapid and prolonged heat acclimation in the California mussel, Mytilus californianus
The ability of M. californianus to maintain improved heat tolerance for up to three weeks after a single sublethal heat-stress bout significantly improves their probability of survival, as approximately 33% of consecutive heat events are separated by 3–22 days.
Increased Thermal Sensitivity of a Tropical Marine Gastropod Under Combined CO2 and Temperature Stress
The ability of an organism to alter its physiology in response to environmental conditions offers a short-term defense mechanism in the face of weather extremes resulting from climate change. These
Thermal acclimation and seasonal acclimatization: a comparative study of cardiac response to prolonged temperature change in shorthorn sculpin
The effects of seasonal acclimatization on cardiac responses to low temperatures are stronger than those of acclimation to similar temperatures in laboratory conditions, highlighting the importance of seasonal cues for cardiac remodelling in a eurythermal fish.
Do aquatic ectotherms perform better under hypoxia after warm acclimation?
Warm acclimation not only helps offset the detrimental effects of warming but also could improve performance under hypoxia, which is important in maintaining performance in a warmer, hypoxic world.


Acclimation, heat shock and hardening
Temperature acclimation and competitive fitness: an experimental test of the beneficial acclimation assumption.
The assumption that acclimation always confers an advantage is demonstrated to be false, and acclimating to the higher temperature decreased competitive fitness at that temperature.
Thermal avoidance and preference in Daphnia magna.
  • Lagerspetz
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of thermal biology
  • 2000
Animals and temperature: phenotypic and evolutionary adaptation.
This work focuses on temperature adaptation and genetic polymorphism in aquatic animals, and investigates the role of stress proteins and the stress response in the Drosophila melanogaster model.
The coastal areas of the tropical seas have a rich and varied invertebrate infauna and epifauna, but along the arctic shores the invertebrates are extremely poor, but the infauna is as rich and diverse as in the tropics (Thorson, 1957).
Effects of Changes of Temperature on the Respiration of Certain Crustacea
The object of the present study was to investigate the respiratory changes which take place within a short time after the temperature is altered in poikilotherms following a change from one constant temperature to another.
Functional significance of isoenzymes in thermal acclimatization. Acetylcholinesterase from trout brain.
It is concluded that the K(m)-temperature relationship is adaptive, and that the critical process during thermal acclimatization, in cases where enzymes show sharp changes in K( m) with temperature, is the synthesis of a new enzyme variant that is better suited for catalysis and control of catalysis under the conditions of theacclimatized state.
Coping with cold: An integrative, multitissue analysis of the transcriptome of a poikilothermic vertebrate.
The environmental genomics approach by using a well studied but nongenomic species has identified a range of candidate genes endowing thermotolerance and reveals a previously unrecognized scale and complexity of responses that impacts at the level of cellular and tissue function.