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Caffeine and Lipids!!!!

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Caffeine and Lipids!!!!

Postby chriskelly123 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:51 am

Hey hey - need some help guys!

I'm doing an experiment for my A2 coursework on the effect of caffeine on the hatching rate of brine shrimps. I have done the experiment and it reduces the time for the eggs/cysts to hatch - which corresponds with my research.

However, I need to explain WHY and HOW the caffeine speeds up the process... which is proving difficult. I have researched into the composition of the cysts and they seem to be made of lipids. I was thinking that the caffeine would do something to the cysts themselves to enhance the rate of hatching.

My question is..: How does caffeine affect the brine shrimp cysts?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!!

Chris :)
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Postby JackBean » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:07 pm

what if you thought first about its effect on humans and how it works and then tried to apply that to the shrimps (whether is it applicable)?
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Postby chriskelly123 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:09 pm

yea i'll try that - ill get back to you to see if its similar.. thanks :)
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Postby chriskelly123 » Wed May 04, 2011 3:11 pm

I went down the line of argument in the end that caffeine increases metabolic rate, which increases anabolism... which allows the shrimp to hatch quicker :)
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