Bacterial Growth and Antibiotics in Animal Respirometry

  • G. J. Dalla Via


The uncontrolled contribution of bacterial oxygen consumption in animal respirometry respresents a substantial problem and results in an ambiguous reading of the animal’s metabolic rate. This problem became especially important when the application of polarographic oxygen sensors (POS) made possible long-term measurements of the dynamics of an animal’s energy metabolism (which may be superimposed by bacterial growth). Bacterial growth is most rapid on free surfaces [42, 60] such as the inner walls of the animal chamber, but also in the stirring chamber of the POS, valves, connecting tubings, etc.


Bacterial Growth Fusidic Acid Bacterial Respiration Dungeness Crab Cancer Magister 
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  • G. J. Dalla Via
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  1. 1.Institut für Zoologie, Abteilung ZoophysiologieUniversität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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