Decreased mass specific respiration under experimental warming is robust to the microbial biomass method employed Academic Article uri icon


  • Hartley et al. question whether reduction in Rmass, under experimental warming, arises because of the biomass method. We show the method they treat as independent yields the same result. We describe why the substrate-depletion hypothesis cannot alone explain observed responses, and urge caution in the interpretation of the seasonal data.

publication date

  • July 2009