From molecules to ecosystems through dynamic energy budget models
Nisbet, R. M., Muller, E. B., Lika, K. and Kooijman, S. A. L. M. 2000.
From molecules to ecosystems through dynamic energy budget models.
J. Anim. Ecol. 69: 913 - 926
- Dynamic energy budget (DEB) models describe how individuals
acquire and utilize energy, and can serve as a link between
different levels of biological organization.
- We describe the formulation and testing of DEB models, and
show how the dynamics of individual organisms link to molecular
processes, to population dynamics, and (more tenuously) to ecosystem
- DEB models offer mechanistic explanations of body-size
- DEB models constitute powerful tools for applications in
toxicology and biotechnology.
- Challenging questions arise when linking DEB models with
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