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Contents: Journal of Chemical Research , Volume 42, Issue No.12 December 2018

Posted on 11. December, 2018.

The Journal of Chemical Research is a monthly journal which has a broad international authorship and publishes research papers and reviews in all branches of experimental chemistry. Established in 1977 as a joint venture by the British, French and German chemical societies it maintains the high standards set by the founding societies.


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Now available on Fast Track: Testis size and asymmetry in the Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris): a test of the compensation hypothesis

Posted on 2. May, 2018.

Despite numerous studies on testicular asymmetry in birds, there are still inconsistent reports on the pattern of asymmetry in species belonging to various phylogenetic groups and exhibiting diverse lifestyles. In addition, there is a lack of clarity on whether functional differences exist between the left and right testes despite differences in size, as well as no evidence of naturally occurring compensation in testis size in terrestrial and galliform birds. 


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An Open Access article: A compact reaction mechanism of methane oxidation at high pressures

Posted on 27. April, 2018.

In the past decade, there has been increasing interest in fuel propellants for in-space and launcher rocket propulsion that reduce the operational cost of launching and improve rocket operating efficiency and performance. Hydrogen provides the best performance in terms of specific impulse at a high cost for the rocket engine while kerosene provides a cost optimised option for the launch vehicle. 


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Now available on Fast Track: Consequences of multi-scale habitat selection on reproductive success of riverine sandbar-nesting birds in Cambodia

Posted on 26. April, 2018.

Habitat selection occurs at multiple spatial scales and affects demographic processes including reproductive success. Few studies, however, have linked multi-scale habitat selection to reproductive success. We investigated breeding habitat selection at three spatial scales (nest site, nest area and territory), and the consequences of habitat selection on reproductive success of four riverine sandbar-nesting bird species in Cambodia. 


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Global restriction of using antibiotic growth promoters and alternative strategies in poultry production

Posted on 24. April, 2018.

The use of antibiotics in animal and poultry feed has been a global practice since the middle of the last century. Antibiotics are used both at therapeutic and subtherapeutic levels to promote growth and feed efficiency. However, judicial use of antibiotics in food animals for growth promotion and disease prevention has been controversial for a long time due to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria in animals and humans, resulting in treatment failure when needed.


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Now available on Fast Track: Egg size and shape variation in Rufous Bush Chats (Cercotrichas galactotes) breeding in date palm plantations: hatching success increases with egg elongation

Posted on 23. April, 2018.

In oviparous taxa such as birds, clutch characteristics (e.g. egg size, egg mass and the number of eggs) can be considered as energetic investment in reproduction. In this paper, we study variation in the principal component indices of egg size and shape in Rufous Bush Chats (Cercotrichas galactotes) breeding in date palm plantations in the Al Amri Oasis, north Algeria, in 2008–2009 and 2011–2013.


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Now available on Fast Track: Migration routes and stopover sites of Upland Geese (Chloephaga picta) in South America

Posted on 17. April, 2018.

The Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta picta) is a migratory species of South America, which breeds from September to April in Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) and winters from May to September in the southern Pampas (Argentina). Despite some protection in both countries, this species is still persecuted and large numbers are killed by unregulated hunting. 


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Kinetic studies of the reactions between dichlorido(1,2-diaminoethane)zinc(II) and biologically relevant nucleophiles in the presence of chloride

Posted on 16. April, 2018.

The mole-ratio method was used for determining metal–ligand stoichiometry for the reaction between [ZnCl2(en)] (where en = 1,2-diaminoethane or ethylenediamine) and chloride ion at pH 7.2. The results have shown step-wise formation of 1:1 and 1:2 complexes and indicate additional coordination of chloride ions in the first coordination sphere. 


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Now available on Fast Track: Cryoprotective effect of glycerol concentrations on Indian Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus murghi) spermatozoa

Posted on 13. April, 2018.

Semen cryopreservation protocols for wild avian species need to be optimised in order to achieve optimum post-thaw sperm quality and fertility. The present study was designed to evaluate the cryoprotective effect of different glycerol concentrations (11%, 15% and 20%) on post-thaw quality, recovery rates, absolute livability index and fertility of Indian Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus murghi) semen. 


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