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Measurements of air ventilation in small vertebrates


Mortola, JP and Frappell, PB, Measurements of air ventilation in small vertebrates, Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 186, (2) pp. 197-205. ISSN 1569-9048 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.resp.2013.02.001


The breathing act is usually quite noticeable in most vertebrates; hence, the measurement of breathing frequency (𝑓) rarely poses a serious problem. Differently, the quantitative assessment of tidal volume (VT) (from which air ventilation, VE = 𝑓VT, is computed) can be a major challenge. This article reviews the most common experimental approaches to quantify VT in adult or young vertebrates of small body size. In these animals, techniques commonly used in adult humans are unsuitable. Furthermore, physiologically meaningful data necessitate techniques with minimal disturbance to the subject under investigation. During the last fifty years numerous and ingenious approaches have been developed and refined. Although none of them can be considered ideal or totally error-free, for specific tasks and/or species there is an optimal approach to measure tidal volume.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:airflow, barometric methodology, breathing pattern, control of breathing, infant monitoring, plethysmography, pneumotachography, respiratory techniques, tidal volume
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Biochemistry and cell biology
Research Field:Systems biology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Frappell, PB (Professor Peter Frappell)
ID Code:84769
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2013-05-30
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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