How locusts breathe

Jon Harrison, James S. Waters, Arianne Cease, John M. Vanden Brooks, Viviane Callier, C. Jaco Klok, Kimberly Shaffer, John J. Socha

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Insect tracheal-respiratory systems achieve high fluxes and great dynamic range with low energy requirements and could be important models for bioengineers interested in developing microfluidic systems. Recent advances suggest that insect cardiorespiratory systems have functional valves that permit compartmentalization with segment-specific pressures and flows and that system anatomy allows regional flows. Convection dominates over diffusion as a transport mechanism in the major tracheae, but Reynolds numbers suggest viscous effects remain important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-27
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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