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Measurements of air ventilation in small vertebrates

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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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Copyright 2013 Elsevier.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.resp.2013.02.001

Abstract

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:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Frappell, PB (Professor Peter Frappell)
ID Code:84769
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2013-05-30
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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