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iConcept Journal of Computational and Mathematical Biology
Title
iConcept Journal of Computational and Mathematical Biology
Editor
Maurice Ling
ISSN
2219-1402
Publisher
iConcept Press

iConcept Journal of Computational and Mathematical Biology

Modeling Larval Growth of Various Cricket Species (Insecta, Orthoptera)

by Robert Sturm

Volume: 5 (2016); Issue: 5

Abstract

Main objective of the contribution is the introduction of a simplified mathematical approach that describes the progression of larval growth in hemimetabolous insects. The model is founded on a distinction between hormonal growth rate (Wh) and intrinsic growth rate (Wi), the latter of which includes the increase of larval size due to food consumption. In addition, any dependence of these growth rates on environmental temperature is considered. Evaluation of model validity was con-ducted by using experimental growth data that were determined for larvae of the two cricket species Teleogryllus commodus Walker 1869 and Acheta domesticus (L., 1758). Correspondence between theoretical and practical results varied according to the species and temperature regarded, with Pearson’s correla-tion coefficients adopting values between 0.97 and 0.99.

Author Details

Robert Sturm
Material Sciences and Physics, University of Salzburg

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