The evolution of metabolic efficiency
Energy production in the form of ATP determines an organism's metabolic fitness. However, metabolic rate is often confused with whole-animal oxygen consumption rate rather than the rate of ATP production. The EU-funded MitoWild project aims to address this misconception by developing methods that actually measure the rate of ATP synthesis in mitochondria. Using these methods on freshwater fish, scientists will determine the impact on aerobic work and rate of senescence. Importantly, by studying animals in their natural habitat, the project will unveil how environmental conditions select for metabolic efficiency by driving the evolution of particular mitochondrial phenotypes.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
G12 8QQ Glasgow
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