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Measuring Metabolic RatesA Manual for Scientists$
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John R. B. Lighton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310610.001.0001

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Respirometric Data Analysis and Presentation

Respirometric Data Analysis and Presentation

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(p.136) 13 Respirometric Data Analysis and Presentation
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Measuring Metabolic Rates
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John R. B. Lighton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310610.003.0013

This chapter discusses ways of analyzing and presenting metabolic data while avoiding common mistakes. Topics covered include vital information often omitted from manuscripts; how to analyze the allometry of metabolic rate on mass; the mistake of reporting mass-specific or “mass-independent” metabolic rates; methods for quantifying differences between treatment groups by analysis of covariance; the importance of phylogeny in inter-specific comparisons; the importance of the temperature at which measurements are made, including mammals (the thermal neutral zone); the necessity of leaving an “audit trail” from raw data through to final analysis; analyzing temperature effects such as Q10 correctly; and the proper selection of metabolic data.

Keywords:   allometry, metabolic data, temperature effects, metabolic analysis, Q10, thermal neutral zone

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