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Respiratory metabolism of the semen of the honey-bee, Apis mellifera

Respiratory metabolism of the semen of the honey-bee, Apis mellifera

Journal of Insect Physiology 19: 97-103

The mean respiratory quotient averaged 0.64, suggesting that phospholipids constitute the major source of energy. Dilution of semen increased the rate of oxygen consumption by 68%. Semen stored at 13-14 deg C for 1 month showed only 40% of the oxygen uptake of freshly ejaculated semen. Samples of semen treated with streptomycin sulphate showed significantly lower rates of oxygen consumption than untreated samples.

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DOI: 10.1016/0022-1910(73)90225-4

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