Thermal sensitivity of growth and feeding in Manduca sexta caterpillars.

  title={Thermal sensitivity of growth and feeding in Manduca sexta caterpillars.},
  author={Joel G Kingsolver and H Arthur Woods},
  journal={Physiological zoology},
  volume={70 6},
We explore how the thermal sensitivity of organismic performance emerges from the thermal sensitivity of the underlying component processes involved, using growth and feeding of Manduca sexta caterpillars as a model system. We measured thermal performance curves for the short-term rates of growth, consumption, protein (casein) digestion, amino acid (methionine) uptake, and respiration in fifth-instar caterpillars over a biologically realistic temperature range from 14 degrees to 42 degrees C… CONTINUE READING
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