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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

Embryonic Growth of Hemimetabolous Insects: Experimental Data and Theoretical Predictions

by Robert Sturm

Volume: 7 (2018); Issue: 2

Abstract

The contribution introduces a computer model enabling the simulation of embryonic body growth of hemimetabolous insects. The mathematical approach is based upon a simple 2-compartment model describing the continuous mass transfer from the yolk to the embryonic body. The permanent increase in mass is expressed in terms of a successive enhancement of the embryonic body length by assuming a linear relationship between embryo mass and embryo volume and a proportionality between length, width and height of the embryonic body. Preliminary hypothetical and experimental results show that embryos of the house cricket Acheta domesticus are characterized by a sigmoidal course of growth, reaching a final length of 2.2 mm. Model predictions and experimental data exhibit excellent correspondence (R² = 0.999), so that future applications of the approach are highly justified.

Author Details

Robert Sturm
Material Sciences and Physics, University of Salzburg

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