Mathematical models for growth in alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) embryos developing at different incubation temperatures

Bardsley, W. G. and Ackerman, R. A. and Bukhari, N. A. S. and Deeming, Charles and Ferguson, M. W. J. (1995) Mathematical models for growth in alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) embryos developing at different incubation temperatures. Journal of Anatomy, 187 (1). pp. 181-190. ISSN 0021-8782

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A variety of model-based (growth models) and model-free (cubic splines, exponentials) equations were fitted using weighted-nonlinear least squares regression to embryonic growth data from Alligator mississippiensis eggs incubated at 30 and 33 degrees C. Goodness of fit was estimated using a chi 2 on the sum of squared, weighted residuals, and run and sign tests on the residuals. One of the growth models used (Preece & Baines, 1978) was found to be superior to the classical growth models (exponential, monomolecular, logistic, Gompertz, von Bertalanffy) and gave an adequate fit to all longitudinal measures taken from the embryonic body and embryonic mass. However, measurements taken from the head could not be fitted by growth models but were adequately fitted by weighted least squares cubic splines. Data for the stage of development were best fitted by a sum of 2 exponentials with a transition point. Comparison of the maximum growth rates and parameter values, indicated that the growth data at 30 degrees C could be scaled to 33 degrees C to multiplying the time by a scaling factor of 1.2. This is equivalent to a Q10 of about 1.86 or, after solving the Arrhenius equation, an E++ of 46.9 kJmol-1. This may be interpreted as indicating a common rate-limiting step in development at the 2 temperatures.

Keywords:embryo growth, Alligator mississippiensis, Incubation temperature
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C330 Developmental Zoology
C Biological Sciences > C140 Developmental/Reproductive Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:13471
Deposited On:05 Mar 2014 15:48

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