Insect Science (2012) 19, 121-128

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Xian-Ju Kuang, Megha N. Parajulee, Pei-Jian Shi, Feng Ge and Fang-Sen Xue (2012)
Testing the rate isomorphy hypothesis using five statistical methods
Insect Science 19 (1), 121-128
Abstract: Organisms are said to be in developmental rate isomorphy when the proportions of developmental stage durations are unaffected by temperature. Comprehensive stage-specific developmental data were generated on the cabbage beetle, Colaphellus bowringi Baly (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), at eight temperatures ranging from 16°C to 30°C (in 2°C increments) and five analytical methods were used to test the rate isomorphy hypothesis, including: (i) direct comparison of lower developmental thresholds with standard errors based on the traditional linear equation describing developmental rate as the linear function of temperature; (ii) analysis of covariance to compare the lower developmental thresholds of different stages based on the Ikemoto-Takai linear equation; (iii) testing the significance of the slope item in the regression line of arcsin (√ P) versus temperature, where p is the ratio of the developmental duration of a particular developmental stage to the entire pre-imaginal developmental duration for one insect or mite species; (iv) analysis of variance to test for significant differences between the ratios of developmental stage durations to that of pre-imaginal development; and (v) checking whether there is an element less than a given level of significance in the p-value matrix of rotating regression line. The results revealed no significant difference among the lower developmental thresholds or among the aforementioned ratios, and thus convincingly confirmed the rate isomorphy hypothesis.
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Database assignments for author(s): Fang Sen Xue, Megha N. Parajulee

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution
environment - cropping system/rotation

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Colaphellus bowringi Radish (Raphanus sativus) China (south)