Testing Metabolic Theory of Ecology on the local scale: a preliminary study

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dc.contributor.author Danyłow, Alexia
dc.contributor.author Ulrich, Werner
dc.contributor.author Ilieva-Makulec, Krassimira
dc.contributor.author Olejniczak, Izabella
dc.contributor.author Hajdamowicz, Izabela
dc.contributor.author Stańska, Marzena
dc.contributor.author Uvarov, Alexei
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-07T06:21:59Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-07T06:21:59Z
dc.date.issued 2013-11-19
dc.identifier.citation Ecological Questions, Vol. 16, pp. 69-76
dc.identifier.issn 1644-7298
dc.identifier.other doi:10.2478/v10090-012-0007-1
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/1867
dc.description.abstract Data on the density and the body mass of a single community of soil fauna were collected and metabolic rates were calculated from the literature data to test some predictions of the metabolic theory of ecology on the local scale. Part of the results are in accordance with the theory: power functions were found between the metabolic rate and the body mass, and between the density and the body mass. These two relationships have opposite exponents inducing that total population energy use is independent of the body mass. However, the exponents of the relationships were significantly different from the predicted values of |3/4|. The metabolic rate - body mass relationships yielded an exponent >0.8, while the density - body mass relationships yielded an exponent <-0.85. Our results indicate that the metabolic theory of ecology does not hold at the local level. Few studies have been carried out on the local scale and further analysis is required to validate this controversial but promising theory.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Poland
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/pl/
dc.subject allometric scaling
dc.subject soil fauna
dc.subject energy equivalence
dc.title Testing Metabolic Theory of Ecology on the local scale: a preliminary study
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

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