Published in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Controlled Atmosphere Fumigation in Stored Products, October 29, 2000, pages 3-14. Also available online at http://www.ftic.info/CAFSITE/CAF.html
The use of calorimetry as a tool to understand the effects of controlled atmospheres (CA) on insects is briefly reviewed. A variety of data are presented to illustrate the various types of information that calorimetry can make available to researchers. The use of a calorimeter connected to a mass spectrometer to determine the occurrence of anaerobic respiration is described and reported. We conclude that calorimetry is a useful tool to simplify the experimental options when developing new insecticidal CA treatments. It can also be used for development of other treatments such as fumigants.