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Cryoprotective effect of glycerol concentrations on Indian Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus murghi) spermatozoa

Posted on 20. August, 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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Bioenergy Choices Could Change US Bird Diversity

Posted on 18. January, 2011.

Ambitious plans to expand acreage of bioenergy crops could have a major impact on birds in the US Upper Midwest, according to a study published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


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US Gulf Coast Birds Face an Uncertain Future

Posted on 18. January, 2011.

Six months after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, new National Audubon Society field surveys show that residual oil and chemicals pose substantial ongoing risks to birds that breed or nest along hard-hit areas of the Louisiana coast.


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Satellite Data Show Migrating Birds Have a Small Window to Spread Bird Flu

Posted on 18. January, 2011.

In 2005, an outbreak of H5N1 in South East Asia led to widespread fears that the intercontinental migration of wild birds could lead to a global pandemic. Such fears were never realised. Now research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology reveals why the global spread of bird flu by direct migration of wildfowl is unlikely. It also provides a new framework for quantifying the risk of avian-borne diseases.


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Mycoplasmal Conjunctivitis in House Finches

Posted on 16. December, 2010.

This bacterial disease causes conjunctivitis in one or both eyes of the host. In the next issue of Avian Biology Research, Andrew K. Davis tests the idea that this disease is more prominent in the left eye of infected birds.


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In the next issue of Avian Biology Research...

Posted on 15. December, 2010.

The editor-in-chief, Charles Deeming, gives his impression of the 13th European Poultry Conference held in Tours, France (www.epc2010.org). There were probably well over a thousand delegates at this year's event. Whilst it is nominally a European event it attracted people from all around the world, but was it worth the cost of the fare?


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SPECIAL OFFER: Avian Biology Research Double Issue

Posted on 15. October, 2010.

In commercial poultry production, incubation is pivotal in maximising production and quality and yet an understanding of this process is sometimes lacking in managers of hatcheries. In part this is due to the failure of knowledge transfer between scientists and the industry.


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New Directory Set to Help Conserve Cuba's Birds

Posted on 6. October, 2010.

The National Centre for Protected Areas (CNAP, BirdLife in Cuba) has launched an Important Bird Areas (IBAs) directory for Cuba. Áreas Importantes para la Conservación de las Aves en Cuba details 28 IBAs – Cuba's highest priority sites for bird conservation – covering over 2.3 million hectares or 21% of Cuban territory.  IBAs support critical populations of globally threatened birds, species with restricted-ranges, and those birds that congregate in significant numbers for breeding, feeding or on and migration.


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Alarming drop in numbers of endangered Sokoke Scops Owls seen in Africa

Posted on 6. October, 2010.

The number of Sokoke Scops Owls, a tiny endangered owl found in Kenya and Tanzania, has dropped sharply in the last 16 years, according to a new study by The Peregrine Fund, the National Museums of Kenya and an organisation called icipe. The study was published in Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology.


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