Rates of biochemical reactions within an organism are strongly dependent on its temperature. The rates of reactions may be doubled or tripled for each 10 °C increase in temperature within a certain range. Temperatures above or below critical values may result in denaturation of enzymes and death of the organism.
KeywordsHeat Flux Soil Temperature Heat Flux Density Heat Storage Exchange Surface
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