Insect Physiology

The Sable Systems team is inordinately fond of bugs, all insects and arthropods for that matter. In this realm the range of survival strategies demonstrated over time have resulted in remarkable diversity. Our curiosity about invertebrate metabolism and its relationship to geographic distribution, evolutionary history or ecological interactions has been a chronic driver to the innovators of Sable’s instrumentation where the smallest metabolic signal from the insect demands that it be measured with acute resolution. Like entomologists, comparative physiologists, ecologists and biomedical researchers worldwide, we have a multitude of questions and a variety of solutions developed to address those questions.

Important System Considerations

  • Measurement and control of thermal range
  • Measurement and control of atmospheric gas concentrations including water vapor
  • Can configure system for real-time, flow through respirometry or for constant-volume, stop flow methods
  • Rugged Designs for field use

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Relevant Publications

Relevant Publications

Lighton, J., Brownell, P., Joos, B., & Turner, R. (2001). Low metabolic rate in scorpions: implications for population biomass and cannibalism. Journal of Experimental Biology204(3), 607-613.

Henry, J. R., & Harrison, J. F. (2014). Body size effects on the oxygen-sensitivity of dragonfly flight. The Journal of experimental biology, jeb-095828.

Heinrich, E., & Bradley, T. (2014). Temperature-dependent variation in gas exchange patterns and spiracular control in Rhodnius prolixus. The Journal of experimental biology217(15), 2752-2760.

Darveau, C. A., Billardon, F., & Bélanger, K. (2014). Intraspecific variation in flight metabolic rate in the bumblebee Bombus impatiens: repeatability and functional determinants in workers and drones. The Journal of experimental biology217(4), 536-544.

Mölich, A. B., Förster, T. D., & Lighton, J. R. (2012). Hyperthermic overdrive: oxygen delivery does not limit thermal tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Science12.

Berger, D., Berg, E. C., Widegren, W., Arnqvist, G., & Maklakov, A. A. (2014). Multivariate intralocus sexual conflict in seed beetles. Evolution.

Lehmann, P., Lyytinen, A., Piiroinen, S., & Lindström, L. (2014). Northward range expansion requires synchronization of both overwintering behaviour and physiology with photoperiod in the invasive Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata). Oecologia176(1), 57-68.

Gaitán-Espitia, J. D., & Nespolo, R. F. (2014). Is there metabolic cold adaptation in terrestrial ectotherms? Exploring a latitudinal compensation using a common garden experiment of the invasive snail Cornu aspersum. The Journal of experimental biology, jeb-101261.

Ardia, D. R., Gantz, J. E., Schneider, B. C., Strebel, S. (2012). Costs of immunity in insects: an induced immune response increases metabolic rate and decreases antimicrobial activity. Functional Ecology, 26(3), 732-739

Novičić, K. Z., Immonen, E., Jelić, M., AnÐelković, M., Stamenković-Radak, M., Arnqvist, G. (2015). Within-population genetic effects of mtDNA on metabolic rate in Drosophila subobscura. Journal of Evolutionary Biology28(2), 338-346.