Biodiversity Science ›› 2008, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (5): 437-445.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2008.08119

• 论文 • Previous Article     Next Article

Advances of species richness regulated by the metabolic rate

Qiang Zhang, Renyi Ma, Mingfei Ji, Jianming Deng*   

  1. Key Laboratory of Arid and Grassland Agroecology, Lanzhou University, Ministry of Education, Lanzhou 730000
  • Online:2008-09-20
  • Jianming Deng

A fascinating issue for ecologists is to develop a general theory exploring the mechanisms of formation and stabilization of biodiversity. Although diverse hypotheses have been proposed to account for the geographic distribution of biodiversity, many of them are not applicable to all species or under a variety of conditions. The metabolic rate hypothesis is a recently-developed hypothesis that can quantify relationships between the dynamic processes of individual and population evolution and patterns of biodiversity, and between species richness and environmental factors. This theory is based on the energetic-equivalence rule and fractal-like distribution network models, and can not only explain the origin of biodiversity but also the maintenance of biodiversity. Herein, we analyze and compare this new hypothesis to other related hypotheses of metabolism-biodiversity theory. We suggest that this hypothesis is more likely to become a unified theory explaining the formation of biological diversity than others we assessed. We also discuss important issues relevant to further advancing the area of metabolism-biodiversity theory.

Key words: marine biodiversity, protection, management strategies

[1] Yan Zeng Xiaoge Ping Fuwen Wei. (2020) A conceptual framework and definitions of the term “wild animal” . Biodiv Sci, 28(5): 0-0.
[2] Zhenyuan Liu,Xingliang Meng,Zhengfei Li,Junqian Zhang,Jing Xu,Senlu Yin,Zhicai Xie. (2020) Diversity assessment and protection strategies for the mollusk community in the southern Dongting Lake . Biodiv Sci, 28(2): 155-165.
[3] Luo Jiao,Li Yuting,Zhang Zishan,Che Xingkai,Liang Ying,Li Yuenan,Li Ying,Zhao Shijie,Gao Huiyuan. (2020) Effects of the Respiratory Electron Transport Pathways in Relieving Photoinhibition of Chloroplast PSII in Tobacco Leaves . Chin Bull Bot, 55(1): 31-37.
[4] Tao Naiqi, Zhang Bin, Liu Xinkai, Zhou Heda, Zhong Naisheng, Yan Danfeng, Zhang Min, Gao Jiyin, Zhang Wenju. (2019) Identification of 21 New Camellia Hybrid Varieties by Fluorescence-labelled Simple Sequence Repeat Markers . Chin Bull Bot, 54(1): 37-45.
[5] Zeyu Tong,Huanli Xu,Shuangquan Huang. (2018) Examining methodologies of pollinator detection in the field . Biodiv Sci, 26(5): 433-444.
[6] Xiangyu Jia,Bin Bai,Jieqing Zhang,Yi Huang. (2018) The effects of IPBES deliverables on global biodiversity conservation strategy—an analysis based on the U. S. pollinator protection policy . Biodiv Sci, 26(5): 527-534.
[7] Yuguo Wang,Jie Yang,Jiakuan Chen. (2018) Potential value, status analysis, and protection strategy of wild kiwifruit genetic resources in the Yangtze River Basin . Biodiv Sci, 26(4): 373-383.
[8] Zhonghua Zhang,Huakun Zhou,Xinquan Zhao,Buqing Yao,Zhen Ma,Quanmin Dong,Zhenhua Zhang,Wenying Wang,Yuanwu Yang. (2018) Relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in alpine meadows of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau . Biodiv Sci, 26(2): 111-129.
[9] Yingzhuo Chen, Zhihuan Huang. (2016) A minireview on adaption of young leaf redness . Biodiv Sci, 24(9): 1062-1067.
[10] Senlu Yin,Miaozhuang Zheng,Jing Xu,Yan Liu,Wenjing Liu. (2016) Negotiation focus, impacts, and China’s implementation strategies of Marine and Coastal Biodiversity in the Convention on Biological Diversity . Biodiv Sci, 24(7): 855-860.
[11] Bei Huang,Na Wei,Weijie Meng,Mingxia Zhang. (2016) Marine biodiversity evaluation based on the pressure-state-response (PSR) model of Changhai County, Liaoning Province . Biodiv Sci, 24(1): 48-54.
[12] Dong Liu,Naifeng Lin,Changxin Zou,Guangyong You. (2015) Development of foreign ecological protected areas and linkages to ecological protection redline delineation and management in China . Biodiv Sci, 23(6): 708-715.
[13] Changxin Zou,Lixia Wang,Junhui Liu. (2015) Classification and management of ecological protection redlines in China . Biodiv Sci, 23(6): 716-724.
[14] Delin Xu,Changxin Zou,Mengjia Xu,Guangyong You,Dan Wu. (2015) Ecological security pattern construction based on ecological protection redlines . Biodiv Sci, 23(6): 740-746.
[15] Qiong Xiao,Zhi Yang,Huiyuan Tang,Pengxiang Duan,Xiaoqing Wang,Tiaoyi Xiao,Xiaoyan Liu. (2015) Species diversity of fish and its conservation in the mainstream of the lower reaches of Wu River . Biodiv Sci, 23(4): 499-506.
Full text