A Manual for Measuring Metabolic Rates

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

byJohn R. B. Lighton

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Measuring metabolic rates is central to important questions in many areas of scientific research, including the human obesity epidemic. Unfortunately these measurements are anything but straightforward, and numerous pitfalls await the novice and even the experienced investigator. Measuring Metabolic Rates de-mystifies the field, explaining every common variation of metabolic rate measurement, from century-old manometric methods through ingenious syringe-based techniques, direct calorimetry, aquatic respirometry, stable-isotope metabolic measurement and every type offlow-through respirometry. Each variation is described in enough detail to allow it to be applied in practice. Background information on different analyzer and equipment types allows users to choose the best instruments for their application. Respirometry equations - normally a topic of terror andconfusion to researchers - are derived and described in enough detail to make their selection and use effortless. Vital topics such as manual and automated baselining, implementing multi-animal systems, and the correct analysis and presentation of metabolic data are covered in enough detail to turn a respirometry neophyte into a hardened metabolic warrior, ready to take on the task of publication inpeer-reviewed journals.

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Measuring metabolic rates is central to important questions in many areas of scientific research, including the human obesity epidemic. Unfortunately these measurements are anything but straightforward, and numerous pitfalls await the novice and even the experienced investigator. Measuring Metabolic Rates de-mystifies the field, expla...

John Lighton is one of the world's leading experts in respirometry, the measurement of the metabolic rates of diverse creatures. He has published over 70 scientific papers in the field, and created many innovative methods and new approaches. His current research uses the fruit fly Drosophila as a model animal for studying thermal biol...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. A Brief History of Metabolic MeasurementChapter 2. Constant Volume and Constant Pressure RespirometryChapter 3. Coulometric RespirometryChapter 4. Constant Volume Techniques Using Gas AnalysisChapter 5. Aquatic Oxygen AnalysisChapter 6. Direct CalorimetryChapter 7. Measuring Field Metabolic RatesChapter 8. Flowthrough Respirometry: OverviewChapter 9. Flowthrough Respirometry: The EquationsChapter 10. Flowthrough Respirometry Using Incurrent Flow MeasurementChapter 11. Flowthrough Respirometry Using Excurrent Flow MeasurementChapter 12. Validating Flowthrough RespirometryChapter 13. Metabolic Data Analysis and PresentationChapter 14. The Varieties Of Gas AnalyzersChapter 15. The Varieties Of Flow MetersChapter 16. The Varieties Of Activity DetectorsChapter 17. The Varieties Of Scrubbers, Tubing And Tubing ConnectorsAppendixFootnotes