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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740638/nutritional-physiology-and-ecology-of-wildlife-in-a-changing-world
#1
Kim Birnie-Gauvin, Kathryn S Peiman, David Raubenheimer, Steven J Cooke
Over the last century, humans have modified landscapes, generated pollution and provided opportunities for exotic species to invade areas where they did not evolve. In addition, humans now interact with animals in a growing number of ways (e.g. ecotourism). As a result, the quality (i.e. nutrient composition) and quantity (i.e. food abundance) of dietary items consumed by wildlife have, in many cases, changed. We present representative examples of the extent to which vertebrate foraging behaviour, food availability (quantity and quality) and digestive physiology have been modified due to human-induced environmental changes and human activities...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729902/high-tolerance-to-high-light-conditions-for-the-protected-species-ariocarpus-kotschoubeyanus-cactaceae
#2
Erika Arroyo-Pérez, Joel Flores, Claudia González-Salvatierra, María L Matías-Palafox, Cecilia Jiménez-Sierra
We determined the seasonal ecophysiological performance under perennial plants and under high solar radiation for adult individuals from the 'living rock' cactus Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus, which occurs equally under nurse plants and in open spaces. We evaluated the effective quantum yield of photosystem II (ΦPSII) and the dissipation of thermal energy [non-photochemical quenching (NPQ)] thorough the year. The maximum apparent electron transport rate (ETRmax) and the saturating photosynthetically active photon flux density for PSII (PFDsat) were also determined from rapid light curves...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721215/assessment-of-season-dependent-body-condition-scores-in-relation-to-faecal-glucocorticoid-metabolites-in-free-ranging-asian-elephants
#3
Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel, Polani B Seshagiri, Raman Sukumar
We studied seasonal and annual changes in visual body condition scores (BCSs), and assessed how these scores were related to levels of faecal glucocorticoid metabolites (fGCMs) in free-ranging Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the seasonally dry tropical forests of the Mysore and Nilgiri Elephant Reserves in southern India. We assessed the animals' BCS visually on a scale of 1 to 5; where 1 represents a very thin and 5 represents a very fat elephant. To understand the influence of seasonality on BCS, we sampled the population during dry (n = 398) and wet seasons (n = 255) of 2013 and 2015 while, for annual changes in BCS, we sampled nine free-ranging adult females from different family groups that had been repeatedly sighted over seven years...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702195/molecular-indices-of-viral-disease-development-in-wild-migrating-salmon-%C3%A2
#4
Kristina M Miller, Oliver P Günther, Shaorong Li, Karia H Kaukinen, Tobi J Ming
Infectious diseases can impact the physiological performance of individuals, including their mobility, visual acuity, behavior and tolerance and ability to effectively respond to additional stressors. These physiological effects can influence competitiveness, social hierarchy, habitat usage, migratory behavior and risk to predation, and in some circumstances, viability of populations. While there are multiple means of detecting infectious agents (microscopy, culture, molecular assays), the detection of infectious diseases in wild populations in circumstances where mortality is not observable can be difficult...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698796/forest-disturbance-leaves-some-bats-stressed-and-under-the-weather
#5
Christine L Madliger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680637/physiological-and-morphological-investigation-of-arctic-grayling-thymallus-arcticus-gill-filaments-with-high-salinity-exposure-and-recovery
#6
Salvatore D Blair, Derrick Matheson, Greg G Goss
Freshwater environments are at risk of increasing salinity due to multiple anthropogenic forces including current oil and gas extraction practices that result in large volumes of hypersaline water. Unintentional releases of hypersaline water into freshwater environments act as an osmoregulatory stressor to many aquatic organisms including native salmonids like the Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus). Compared to more euryhaline salmonids, Arctic grayling have a reduced salinity tolerance and develop an elevated interlamellar cell mass (ILCM) in response to salinity exposure (17 ppt)...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630711/matchmaker-com-for-pandas
#7
Bridie J M Allan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616239/reflex-impairment-and-physiology-as-predictors-of-delayed-mortality-in-recreationally-caught-yellowtail-snapper-ocyurus-chrysurus
#8
Francesca C Forrestal, M Danielle McDonald, Georgianna Burress, David J Die
Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) is an important part of the reef fish assemblage in the western, tropical Atlantic and is caught by both recreational and commercial fisheries in south Florida and the Bahamas. It is estimated that 80% of snapper caught within southeastern Florida waters are discarded due to minimum size restrictions. Neglecting to include information on delayed mortality of undersized fish has the potential for fishery managers to overestimate the abundance of smaller size classes and introduce bias into stock assessments...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616238/validation-of-a-portable-waterproof-blood-ph-analyser-for-elasmobranchs
#9
Brendan Talwar, Ian A Bouyoucos, Oliver Shipley, Jodie L Rummer, John W Mandelman, Edward J Brooks, R Dean Grubbs
Quantifying changes in blood chemistry in elasmobranchs can provide insights into the physiological insults caused by anthropogenic stress, and can ultimately inform conservation and management strategies. Current methods for analysing elasmobranch blood chemistry in the field are often costly and logistically challenging. We compared blood pH values measured using a portable, waterproof pH meter (Hanna Instruments HI 99161) with blood pH values measured by an i-STAT system (CG4+ cartridges), which was previously validated for teleost and elasmobranch fishes, to gauge the accuracy of the pH meter in determining whole blood pH for the Cuban dogfish (Squalus cubensis) and lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris)...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580147/the-quantification-of-reproductive-hormones-in-the-hair-of-captive-adult-brown-bears-and-their-application-as-indicators-of-sex-and-reproductive-state
#10
Marc Cattet, Gordon B Stenhouse, David M Janz, Luciene Kapronczai, Joy Anne Erlenbach, Heiko T Jansen, O Lynne Nelson, Charles T Robbins, John Boulanger
Recognizing the potential value of steroid hormone measurements to augment non-invasive genetic sampling, we developed procedures based on enzyme-linked immunoassays to quantify reproductive steroid hormone concentrations in brown bear (Ursus arctos) hair. Then, using 94 hair samples collected from eight captive adult bears over a 2-year period, we evaluated (i) associations between hair concentrations of testosterone, progesterone, estradiol and cortisol; (ii) the effect of collecting by shaving vs. plucking; and (iii) the utility of reproductive hormone profiles to differentiate sex and reproductive state...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580146/use-of-physiological-knowledge-to-control-the-invasive-sea-lamprey-petromyzon-marinus-in-the-laurentian-great-lakes
#11
Michael J Siefkes
Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) control in the Laurentian Great Lakes of North America is an example of using physiological knowledge to successfully control an invasive species and rehabilitate an ecosystem and valuable fishery. The parasitic sea lamprey contributed to the devastating collapse of native fish communities after invading the Great Lakes during the 1800s and early 1900s. Economic tragedy ensued with the loss of the fishery and severe impacts to property values and tourism resulting from sea lamprey-induced ecological changes...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567285/substrate-roughening-improves-swimming-performance-in-two-small-bodied-riverine-fishes-implications-for-culvert-remediation-and-design
#12
Essie M Rodgers, Breeana M Heaslip, Rebecca L Cramp, Marcus Riches, Matthew A Gordos, Craig E Franklin
Worldwide declines in riverine fish abundance and diversity have been linked to the fragmentation of aquatic habitats through the installation of instream structures (e.g. culverts, dams, weirs and barrages). Restoring riverine connectivity can be achieved by remediating structures impeding fish movements by, for example, replacing smooth substrates of pipe culverts with naturalistic substrates (i.e. river stones; culvert roughening). However, empirical evaluations of the efficacy of such remediation efforts are often lacking despite the high economic cost...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496982/blood-gases-biochemistry-and-haematology-of-gal%C3%A3-pagos-hawksbill-turtles-eretmochelys-imbricata
#13
Juan Pablo Muñoz-Pérez, Gregory A Lewbart, Maximilian Hirschfeld, Daniela Alarcón-Ruales, Judith Denkinger, Jason Guillermo Castañeda, Juan García, Kenneth J Lohmann
The hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, is a marine chelonian with a circum-global distribution, but the species is critically endangered and has nearly vanished from the eastern Pacific. Although reference blood parameter intervals have been published for many chelonian species and populations, including nesting Atlantic hawksbills, no such baseline biochemical and blood gas values have been reported for wild Pacific hawksbill turtles. Blood samples were drawn from eight hawksbill turtles captured in near shore foraging locations within the Galápagos archipelago over a period of four sequential years; three of these turtles were recaptured and sampled on multiple occasions...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491321/thermotolerance-capacities-of-native-and-exotic-coastal-plants-will-lead-to-changes-in-species-composition-under-increased-heat-waves
#14
Kris French, Sharon A Robinson, Jodie Lia
With an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, plants are likely to reach their thermal limits and show slower growth or increased mortality. We investigated differences amongst coastal native and invasive shrubs and grasses to investigate if particular species might be more at risk in the future. Using an ecologically relevant experimental set of heat waves over a month, we assessed changes in biomass and photosynthetic efficiency in a laboratory setting using 25 coastal Australian species divided into native and exotic shrubs, and native and exotic grasses...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480038/comparative-swimming-and-station-holding-ability-of-the-threatened-rocky-mountain-sculpin-cottus-sp-from-four-hydrologically-distinct-rivers
#15
Marie F Veillard, Jonathan L W Ruppert, Keith Tierney, Douglas A Watkinson, Mark Poesch
Hydrologic alterations, such as dams, culverts or diversions, can introduce new selection pressures on freshwater fishes, where they are required to adapt to novel environmental conditions. Our study investigated how species adapt to natural and altered stream flow, where we use the threatened Rocky Mountain Sculpin (Cottus sp.) as a model organism. We compared the swimming and station-holding performance of Rocky Mountain Sculpin from four different hydrologic regimes in Alberta and British Columbia, including the North Milk River, a system that experiences increased flows from a large-scale diversion...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480037/effect-of-short-term-regulated-temperature-variations-on-the-swimming-economy-of-atlantic-salmon-smolts
#16
C M Alexandre, A P Palstra
Migratory species travelling long distances between habitats to spawn or feed are well adapted to optimize their swimming economy. However, human activities, such as river regulation, represent potential threats to fish migration by changing environmental parameters that will have impact on their metabolism. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the changes in the swimming energetics of a salmonid species, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.), caused by short-term temperature variations that usually result from the operation of hydroelectrical dams...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469916/chill-out-physiological-responses-to-winter-ice-angling-in-two-temperate-freshwater-fishes
#17
Michael J Louison, Caleb T Hasler, Graham D Raby, Cory D Suski, Jeffrey A Stein
A large body of research has documented the stress response of fish following angling capture. Nearly all of these studies have taken place during the open-water season, with almost no work focused on the effects of capture in the winter via ice angling. We therefore conducted a study to examine physiological disturbance and reflex impairment following capture by ice-angling in two commonly targeted species, bluegill Lepomis macrochirus and yellow perch Perca flavescens. Fish were captured from a lake in eastern Wisconsin (USA) and sampled either immediately or after being held in tanks for 0...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458885/bee-healthy-honeybee-physiology-reflects-landscape-and-supports-conservation
#18
Björn Illing
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458884/urinary-profiles-of-progestin-and-androgen-metabolites-in-female-polar-bears-during-parturient-and-non-parturient-cycles
#19
Katrina K Knott, Gabriela F Mastromonaco, Megan A Owen, Andrew J Kouba
Due to the environmental and anthropogenic impacts that continue to threaten the reproductive success of polar bears, a more detailed understanding of their reproductive cycle is needed. Captive populations of polar bears provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the reproductive physiology of the species. Progestin (P4) and androgen (T) metabolites in urine, and their ratio (P4:T), were examined during 11 reproductive cycles of captive female polar bears (n = 4) to characterize the steroid hormone profile during pregnancy and determine possible variations related to reproductive failure...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421138/habitat-disturbance-results-in-chronic-stress-and-impaired-health-status-in-forest-dwelling-paleotropical-bats
#20
Anne Seltmann, Gábor Á Czirják, Alexandre Courtiol, Henry Bernard, Matthew J Struebig, Christian C Voigt
Anthropogenic habitat disturbance is a major threat to biodiversity worldwide. Yet, before population declines are detectable, individuals may suffer from chronic stress and impaired immunity in disturbed habitats, making them more susceptible to pathogens and adverse weather conditions. Here, we tested in a paleotropical forest with ongoing logging and fragmentation, whether habitat disturbance influences the body mass and immunity of bats. We measured and compared body mass, chronic stress (indicated by neutrophil to lymphocyte ratios) and the number of circulating immune cells between several bat species with different roost types living in recovering areas, actively logged forests, and fragmented forests in Sabah, Malaysia...
2017: Conservation Physiology
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