Effects of Decreasing Temperatures on the Metabolic Rate of Zophobas Morio

Alleigh Jezek, Allison Hoisl, Madison Meijer, Matthew John, Kyley Moore


In this experiment we measured the amount of CO2 output of Zophobas Morio in different temperatures. Zophobas Morio, are ectotherms, and therefore depend primarily on behavioral mechanisms to maintain body temperature. We conducted three trials at ambient temperature, 15°C and 5°C, to get accurate results on how temperature effects CO2 output. The results of experiment showed a decrease in CO2 output at lower temperatures compared to ambient temperature. The data from this experiment can help advance our knowledge on metabolic processes including those in humans

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