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The dispersal of rodent-borne strains of Aphanoascus keratinophilus and Chrysosporium tropicum by pellets of predatory birds

Posted on 18. December, 2017.

Pathogenic species of yeast, yeast-like fungi and moulds have been recovered from faeces, feathers, beaks and cloacae as well as pellets of species of migratory and sedentary birds. Bird pellets, in particular pellets of predatory birds, are an especially suitable model for studies of circulation routes of dermatophytes and other keratinophilic fungi as they contain undigested food remains, which are rich in keratin (e.g. feathers, fur). 


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(R)evolution in the molecular sexing of ratite birds: identification and analysis of new candidate sex-linked markers

Posted on 13. October, 2015.

The ratites are flightless birds of the superorder Palaeognathae that includes species such as Ostriches, Emu, Rheas, Cassowaries  and Kiwis. The conservation status of these species indicates that most of them require the implementation of urgent management actions in the scope of pertinent conservation strategies.


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Stable isotope signatures reveal cryptic differences in diet of Sociable Weavers

Posted on 26. August, 2015.

Foraging habits of animals are a critical component of their ecology; however, estimates of feeding that rely solely on observation may not detect all of the factors that affect foraging decisions. Importantly, few studies have examined the influence of sociality on dietary regimes in avian species.


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Pharmacokinetics and clinical assessment of amoxicillin for the control of necrotic enteritis in broiler-breeders under field conditions

Posted on 10. June, 2015.

Necrotic enteritis (NE) is an acute clostridium infection characterised by sudden onset, high mortality and severe necrosis of intestinal mucosa. NE is considered worldwide to be one of the most economically important diseases, causing major economic losses in the poultry industry and severely affecting the performance of the birds.


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Assessment of Aspergillus spp. in a modern broiler breeder structure

Posted on 8. May, 2015.

Aspergillus spp. are ubiquitous opportunistic saprophytic fungi that are major respiratory pathogens in birds, which can cause significant economic losses in chickens and turkeys, with mortality, morbidity, increase feed conversion, decrease production rates and slaughter condemnations.


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Do wild Red-legged Partridges (Alectoris rufa) use feeders? An investigation of their feeding patterns using camera trapping

Posted on 23. April, 2015.

The Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) is a native gamebird of the Iberian Peninsula, France, Italy and after successful introductions is also present in the UK. In the last decades, a general decline in wild populations has been reported, mainly attributed to loss of habitat, high hunting pressure and absence of proper game management.


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Prokaryotic expression and active immunisation against recombinant-derived prolactin fusion protein on broodiness and egg-laying in Wanxi-white goose

Posted on 27. March, 2015.

Seasonal laying and strong broodiness in the Wanxi-white goose (Anser anser), a Chinese indigenous breed, result in its low production of eggs. It is assumed that the onset of broodiness is one of the major factors responsible for egg production. Therefore, eliminating broodiness might be an effective means to improve the reproductive performance.


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Trophic niche and feeding strategy of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) during different phases of the breeding season

Posted on 5. March, 2015.

Food supply is one of the ecological factors that influence life-history traits, population sizes and community structure in birds. Indeed, understanding both the ecological continuity of animal species and their ecological niches is greatly dependent on food restriction and its variations in quality and quantity.


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Effect of diluent and storage time on sperm characteristics of rooster insemination doses

Posted on 3. March, 2015.

The increasing use of artificial insemination (AI) in the poultry industry emphasises the need for the distribution of good quality sperm. The assessment of semen quality characteristics of poultry birds gives an excellent indicator of their reproductive potential and has been reported to be a major determinant of fertility and subsequent hatchability of eggs. 


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