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dc.contributor.authorConnolly, M.
dc.contributor.authorCooper, Christine
dc.identifier.citationConnolly, M. and Cooper, C. 2014. How do measurement duration and timing interact to influence estimation of basal physiological variables of a nocturnal rodent? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. 178: pp. 24-29.

Metabolic rate and evaporative water loss are two commonly measured physiological variables. It is therefore important, especially for comparative studies, that these variables (and others) are measured under standardised conditions, of which a resting state during the inactive phase is part of the accepted criteria. Here we show how measurement duration and timing affect these criteria and impact on the estimation of basal metabolic rate (oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production) and standard evaporative water loss of a small nocturnal rodent. Oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production and evaporative water loss all decreased over the duration of an experiment. Random assortment of hourly values indicated that this was an animal rather than a random effect for up to 11 h. Experimental start time also had a significant effect on measurement of physiological variables. A longer time period was required to achieve minimal carbon dioxide consumption and evaporative water loss when experiments commenced earlier in the day; however, experiments with earlier start times had a lower overall estimates of minimal oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production. For this species, measurement duration of at least 8 h, ideally commencing between before the inactive phase at 03:00 h and 05:00 h, is required to obtain minimal standard values for physiological variables. Up to 80% of recently published studies measuring basal metabolic rate and/or evaporative water loss of small nocturnal mammals may overestimate basal values due to insufficiently long measurement duration.

dc.publisherElsevier Inc.
dc.subjectEvaporative water loss
dc.subjectBasal metabolic rate
dc.titleHow do measurement duration and timing interact to influence estimation of basal physiological variables of a nocturnal rodent?
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleComparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in the journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in the journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, Vol.178 (2014). DOI:

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curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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