Relationship Between Temperature and the Metabolism of Experimental Ecosystems

Science  15 Jun 1962:
Vol. 136, Issue 3520, pp. 980-982
DOI: 10.1126/science.136.3520.980


Short-term temperature variations of approximately 7°C above and below the normal maintenance temperature of balanced laboratory aquaria demonstrated that the metabolism of the ecosystem is practically independent of temperature. It is postulated that the closer a living system approaches the integration of a balanced ecosystem, the less it is affected by temperature.