Partitioning the Apparent Temperature Sensitivity into Withinand Across-Taxa Responses: Revisiting the Difference between Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Protists
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Conventional analyses suggest that the metabolism of heterotrophs is thermally more sensitive than that of autotrophs, implying that warming leads to pronounced trophodynamic imbalances. However, these analyses inappropriately combine within-and acrosstaxa trends. Our new analysis separates these, revealing that 92% of the difference in the apparent thermal sensitivity between autotrophic and heterotrophic protists does indeed arise from within-taxa responses. Fitness differences among taxa adapted to different temperature regimes only partially compensate for the positive biochemical relationship between temperature and growth rate within taxa, supporting the hotter-is-partially-better hypothesis. Our work highlights the importance of separating within-and across-taxa responses when comparing temperature sensitivities between groups, which is relevant to how trophic imbalances and carbon fluxes respond to warming.
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Chen, Bingzhang, David J. Montagnes, Qing Wang, Hongbin Liu, and Susanne Menden-Deuer. "Partitioning the Apparent Temperature Sensitivity into Withinand Across-Taxa Responses: Revisiting the Difference between Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Protists." American Naturalist 201, 4 (2023). doi: 10.1086/723243.