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Plants on a different scale

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Is there a unified theory that relates size and metabolic rate across all organisms? Maybe not, according to the results of experiments that measured respiration in plants of widely varying mass.

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Figure 1: Little and large in the plant world.

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Figure 2: Metabolism and mass.

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Hedin, L. Plants on a different scale. Nature 439, 399–400 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/439399a

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