Most lifeforms dance to the same metabolic beat

日期:2017-11-07 01:00:03 作者:慕畈 阅读:

FROM the tiniest bacterium to the largest tree or mammal, most of life on Earth seems to favour the same, optimum metabolic rate. Within groups of organisms, smaller species have faster metabolisms, producing more energy per cell than larger ones. But when Anastassia Makarieva at the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in Russia and colleagues looked at the whole range of life, they found no overall relationship between size and metabolic rate (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0802148105). While body mass varied by up to 20 orders of magnitude,