Effect of temperature on food intake, growth and conversion
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The effect of temperature on food intake, growth and conversion efficiency has been studied in the final instar male and female larvae cfEupterote mollifera. Food consumed, assimilated and metabolised decreased with increase in temperature. The larval duration decreased from 12 days for the group reared at 22° C to 5 days for the group reared at 37δ C. While the rates of feeding, assimilation and conversion increased with increase in temperature, high conversion efficiencies (K1 and K2) were observed for the larvae reared at 27 and 32° C.
KeywordsTemperature food intake Eupterote mollifera
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