Dataset and codes for: "Partitioning the apparent temperature sensitivity between autotrophic and heterotrophic protists"

  • Bingzhang Chen (Creator)
  • David Montagnes (Creator)
  • Qing Wang (Creator)
  • Hongbin Liu (Creator)
  • Susanne Menden-Deuer (Creator)



Conventional analyses suggest the metabolism of heterotrophs is thermally more sensitive than that of autotrophs, implying that warming leads to pronounced trophodynamic imbalances. However, these analyses inappropriately combine within- and across-taxa trends. We present a novel mathematic framework to separate these, revealing that the higher temperature sensitivity of heterotrophs is mainly caused by within-taxa responses which account for 92% of the difference between autotrophic and heterotrophic protists. This dataset contains both the datasets and R codes of per capita growth rates of autotrophic and heterotrophic protists as well as heterotrophic bacteria and insects.

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Date made available1 Feb 2023

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