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DEB theory

The Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory unifies the commonalities between organisms as prescribed by the implications of energetics, which links different levels of biological organisation (cells, organisms and populations). The theory presents simple mechanistic rules that describe the uptake and use of energy and nutrients (substrates, food, light) and the consequences for physiological organisation throughout an organism's life cycle, including the relationships of energetics with aging and effects of toxicants. All living organisms are covered in a single quantitative framework, the predictions of which are tested against a wide variety of experimental results at the various levels of biological organisation. The theory explains many general observations, such as the body size scaling relationships of certain physiological traits, and provides a theoretical underpinning to the widely used method of indirect calorimetry. Read more here.

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DEB2017: School & Symposium Tromsø, Norway 2017/05/21-06/02 The interface between the empirical world and mathematics involves special skills, which are not easily acquired. Mastering these skills forms the basis of this course.
5th International DEB Symposium Tromsø Norway 2017/05/31 - 06/02 Advances in research and developments of DEB theory in the context of ecosystem based approaches to managing resources.
debX micro Online 2017/05/12 - 05/25 This course provides a framework for modelling metabolism for microorganisms using the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Theory.
debX Online 2017 - date to be announced This course provides a framework for modelling metabolism at the organism level, covering the full life-cycle, using the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Theory.

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For a quick start on DEB theory go to the DEB theory Introduction page.


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DEBtool Manual

DEBtool is a software package that can be used to illustrate some implications of the Dynamic Energy Budget theory and to apply this theory in the analysis of eco-physiological data.