Journal article

Determinants of inter-specific variation in basal metabolic rate

Craig R White, Michael R Kearney

JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY B-BIOCHEMICAL SYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2013

Abstract

Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate of metabolism of a resting, postabsorptive, non-reproductive, adult bird or mammal, measured during the inactive circadian phase at a thermoneutral temperature. BMR is one of the most widely measured physiological traits, and data are available for over 1,200 species. With data available for such a wide range of species, BMR is a benchmark measurement in ecological and evolutionary physiology, and is often used as a reference against which other levels of metabolism are compared. Implicit in such comparisons is the assumption that BMR is invariant for a given species and that it therefore represents a stable point of comparison. However, BMR shows subst..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Lesley Alton, Doug Glazier, Phil Matthews and four anonymous reviewers provided detailed comments on an earlier version of the manuscript, and Jon Green, Lewis Halsey, Karyn Johnson, James Maino and Dustin Marshall provided helpful suggestions. Ian Hume showed exemplary patience in guiding the manuscript through several phases of development. Our research is funded by the Australian Research Council (Projects DP0987626, DP110 101776, DP110102813).