The exergy storage hypothesis might be taken as a generalized version of "Le Chatelier's Principle." Biomass synthesis can be expressed as a chemical reaction:
energy + nutrients = molecules with more free energy (exergy) and organization
According to Le Chatelier's Principle, if energy is put into a reaction system at equilibrium, then the system will shift its equilibrium composition in a way to counteract the change. This means that more molecules with more free energy and organization will be formed. If more pathways are offered, then those giving the most relief from the disturbance (displacement from equilibrium) by using the most energy, and forming the most molecules with the most free energy, will be the ones followed in restoring equilibrium.
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