To measure the rate of organismal respiration, a 10 mL microrespirometer was constructed. These measure relative volume as oxygen is consumed by respiring organisms.
As oxygen gas is consumed during aerobic respiration, it is replaced by $CO_2$ gas at a ratio of one molecule of $CO_2$ for each molecule of $O_2$. In the following protocol, the $CO_2$ produced is removed by a small piece of cotton treated with potassium hydroxide ($KOH$).
$KOH$ reacts with $CO_2$ to form the solid potassium carbonate ($K_2CO_3$). A control microrespirometer was filled with 5 mL of glass beads in one setup while 5 mL of germinating pea seeds were placed in another.
Over the course of 20 minutes, changes in the volume were measured by following the distance of a red soap bubble placed on the end of a 40 uL capillary tube at time = 0.
In one alternate experiment, instead of using germinating peas, 5 mL of Drosophila melanogaster were placed in the microrespirometer.
Which of the following would this change have on the results?