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author = {Affinito, F and Kordas, RL and Matias, MG and Pawar, S},
doi = {10.1038/s42003-024-06350-y},
journal = {Communications Biology},
title = {Metabolic plasticity drives mismatches in physiological traits between prey and predator},
url = {},
volume = {7},
year = {2024}

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AB - Metabolic rate, the rate of energy use, underpins key ecological traits of organisms, from development and locomotion to interaction rates between individuals. In a warming world, the temperature-dependence of metabolic rate is anticipated to shift predator-prey dynamics. Yet, there is little real-world evidence on the effects of warming on trophic interactions. We measured the respiration rates of aquatic larvae of three insect species from populations experiencing a natural temperature gradient in a large-scale mesocosm experiment. Using a mechanistic model we predicted the effects of warming on these taxa’s predator-prey interaction rates. We found that species-specific differences in metabolic plasticity lead to mismatches in the temperature-dependence of their relative velocities, resulting in altered predator-prey interaction rates. This study underscores the role of metabolic plasticity at the species level in modifying trophic interactions and proposes a mechanistic modelling approach that allows an efficient, high-throughput estimation of climate change threats across species pairs.
AU - Affinito,F
AU - Kordas,RL
AU - Matias,MG
AU - Pawar,S
DO - 10.1038/s42003-024-06350-y
PY - 2024///
SN - 2399-3642
TI - Metabolic plasticity drives mismatches in physiological traits between prey and predator
T2 - Communications Biology
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UR -
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VL - 7
ER -