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Advances in Space Science and Technology 9 by Frederick I. Ordway (ed.)

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Time In large measures, the use of constant temperatures is a product of the laboratory. It finds some justification in homeothermic animal systems which sustain a constant temperature environment for their cellular chemical processes. No other justification save convenience actually exists for the use of constant ambient temperature even with birds and mammals. Plant physiologists have long used alternating temperatures, at first in seed germination research and later in over-all plant growth and development studies.

A SELECTION GUIDE FOR COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RESPIRATORY PROCESSES Type of respiratory system Representative organism Environmental primary Parameters secondary 1. Diffusion 1. Fungi; 2. Protozoa; 3. Marine ; 4. Annelid ; worms ; 5. Land annelids 1. Atmospheric 1. Gravitation 2. Gill 1. Crustacea; 2. Mollusc; 3. Fish ; 4. Tadpole ; 5. Salamanders a. Ρ θ 2 b. Pco2 2. Density of ambient medium (for marine types) c · PH 2 O d · Ptotal 3. Trachea 1. Insect; 2. Millipedes 4. Book lung 1. Horseshoe crab; 2.

It finds some justification in homeothermic animal systems which sustain a constant temperature environment for their cellular chemical processes. No other justification save convenience actually exists for the use of constant ambient temperature even with birds and mammals. Plant physiologists have long used alternating temperatures, at first in seed germination research and later in over-all plant growth and development studies. From the discovery of photoperiodism in plants some 40 years ago our awareness of the biological significance of diurnal periodicity in nature has grown, and with it an increasing knowledge of other periodic processes.

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