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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545112/home-range-size-of-tengmalm-s-owl-during-breeding-in-central-europe-is-determined-by-prey-abundance
#1
Marek Kouba, Luděk Bartoš, Václav Tomášek, Alena Popelková, Karel Šťastný, Markéta Zárybnická
Animal home ranges typically characterized by their size, shape and a given time interval can be affected by many different biotic and abiotic factors. However, despite the fact that many studies have addressed home ranges, our knowledge of the factors influencing the size of area occupied by different animals is, in many cases, still quite poor, especially among raptors. Using radio-telemetry (VHF; 2.1 g tail-mounted tags) we studied movements of 20 Tengmalm's owl (Aegolius funereus) males during the breeding season in a mountain area of Central Europe (the Czech Republic, the Ore Mountains: 50° 40' N, 13° 35' E) between years 2006-2010, determined their average hunting home range size and explored what factors affected the size of home range utilised...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543304/biomechanical-comparison-between-pins-and-polymethylmethacrylate-and-the-sop-locking-plate-system-to-stabilize-canine-lumbosacral-fracture-luxation-in-flexion-and-extension
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Johannes J Nel, Cor-Jacques Kat, Gert L Coetzee, Paul J van Staden
OBJECTIVE: To determine the stability of a simulated complete L7-S1 fracture-luxation immobilized with SOP locking plate system, compared to pins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). STUDY DESIGN: In vitro biomechanical study. ANIMALS: Cadaver specimens of 18 skeletally mature large-breed dogs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Specimens were randomly stabilized with one of the two fixation techniques. Lumbosacral spine specimens (L5-S3) were subjected to a bending moment applied to the caudal and cranial ends of the specimen...
May 24, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541155/characterization-of-aminoaciduria-and-hypoaminoacidemia-in-dogs-with-hepatocutaneous-syndrome
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John P Loftus, Sharon A Center, John M Lucy, Julie A Stanton, Sean P McDonough, Jeanine Peters-Kennedy, Kenneth A Arceneaux, Molly A Bechtold, Courtney L Bennett, Christina A Bradbury, Martha G Cline, Deborah L Hall-Fonte, Julie F Hammer-Landrum, Janice L Huntingford, Jennifer Marshall, Kristopher S Sharpe, Jessica L Redin, Samuel T Selva, Tomasina A Lucia
OBJECTIVE To characterize aminoaciduria and plasma amino acid concentrations in dogs with hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS). ANIMALS 20 client-owned dogs of various breeds and ages. PROCEDURES HCS was definitively diagnosed on the basis of liver biopsy specimens (n = 12), gross and histologic appearance of skin lesions (4), and examination of skin and liver biopsy specimens (2) and presumptively diagnosed on the basis of cutaneous lesions with compatible clinicopathologic and hepatic ultrasonographic (honeycomb or Swiss cheese pattern) findings (2)...
June 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540709/rapd-scar-approaches-for-identification-of-adulterant-breeds-milk-in-dairy-products
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Joana T Cunha, Lucília Domingues
Food safety and quality are nowadays a major consumers' concern. In the dairy industry the fraudulent addition of cheaper/lower-quality milks from nonlegitimate species/breeds compromises the quality and value of the final product. Despite the already existing approaches for identification of the species origin of milk, there is little information regarding differentiation at an intra-species level. In this protocol we describe a low-cost, sensitive, fast, and reliable analytical technique-Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA/Sequence Characterized Amplified Region (RAPD/SCAR)-capable of an efficient detection of adulterant breeds in milk mixtures used for fraudulent manufacturing of dairy products and suitable for the detection of milk adulteration in processed dairy foods...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540596/the-effect-of-growth-rate-and-ageing-on-colour-variation-of-european-pond-turtles
#5
Alejandro Ibáñez, José Martín, Alfonso Marzal, Albert Bertolero
Many chelonians have colourful dots, patches and stripes throughout their body that are made up, at least in part, of carotenoids. Therefore, turtles are very suitable models to study the evolution and functionality of carotenoid-based colouration. Recent studies suggested a close link between colouration and immune system in these taxa. However, more research is needed to understand the role of these colourful stripes and patches in turtle visual signalling. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between growth rate and colouration in European pond turtles...
June 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540573/optimization-of-multi-environment-trials-for-genomic-selection-based-on-crop-models
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R Rincent, E Kuhn, H Monod, F-X Oury, M Rousset, V Allard, J Le Gouis
We propose a statistical criterion to optimize multi-environment trials to predict genotype × environment interactions more efficiently, by combining crop growth models and genomic selection models. Genotype × environment interactions (GEI) are common in plant multi-environment trials (METs). In this context, models developed for genomic selection (GS) that refers to the use of genome-wide information for predicting breeding values of selection candidates need to be adapted. One promising way to increase prediction accuracy in various environments is to combine ecophysiological and genetic modelling thanks to crop growth models (CGM) incorporating genetic parameters...
May 24, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536566/stoichiometry-and-life-history-interact-to-determine-the-magnitude-of-cross-ecosystem-element-and-biomass-fluxes
#7
Thomas M Luhring, John P DeLong, Raymond D Semlitsch
Ecosystems are linked through the transfer of materials and energy. Studies examining material fluxes across habitat boundaries frequently quantify unidirectional flows of nutrients and energy. However, material fluxes can be multidirectional, and we lack a conceptual framework to describe how their quantity and stoichiometry influence the net transfer of individual elements between ecosystems. Here we develop a zero net transfer isocline (ZNTI) framework that integrates the relative mass and stoichiometry of fluxes into and out of an ecosystem...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534726/evaluation-of-longevity-modeling-censored-records-in-nellore
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D A Garcia, G J M Rosa, B D Valente, R Carvalheiro, G A Fernandes Júnior, L G Albuquerque
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prediction ability of models that cope with longevity phenotypic expression as uncensored and censored in Nellore cattle. Longevity was defined as the difference between the dates of last weaned calf and cow birth. There were information of 77 353 females, being 61 097 cows with uncensored phenotypic information and 16 256 cows with censored records. These data were analyzed considering three different models: (1) Gaussian linear model (LM), in which only uncensored records were considered; and two models that consider both uncensored and censored records: (2) Censored Gaussian linear model (CLM); and (3) Weibull frailty hazard model (WM)...
May 23, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533084/gene-flow-and-genetic-drift-contribute-to-high-genetic-diversity-with-low-phylogeographical-structure-in-european-hoopoes-upupa-epops
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Erjia Wang, Rien E Van Wijk, Markus Santhosh Braun, Michael Wink
The Hoopoe (Upupa epops epops) breeds widely in Eurasia and most populations migrate to Africa during the boreal winter. To date, data regarding its phylogeography in Europe are missing. In this study, we investigated the phylogeography and population genetics of Hoopoes by means of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing as well as microsatellite genotyping. Our analyses revealed 32 haplotypes in the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) (269 individuals) and 50 haplotypes in cytochrome b (cyt b) (233 individuals)...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529688/the-prevalence-temporal-and-spatial-trends-in-bulk-tank-equivalent-milk-fat-depression-in-irish-milk-recorded-herds
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Catherine I Carty, Alan G Fahey, Morgan R Sheehy, Steve Taylor, Ian J Lean, Conor G McAloon, Luke O'Grady, Finbar J Mulligan
BACKGROUND: Milk fat is important in terms of economic value and in its potential to provide information concerning cow diet and health. Under current milk payment schemes in Ireland farmer income is directly linked to milk fat production. METHODS: A descriptive analysis of milk fat depression (MFD) as calculated from test day milk recording data across all milk recording herds from 2004 to 2014 was undertaken. A dataset of 17 million test day records was used to calculate the prevalence of MFD in Irish milk recorded herds and to create a graphical description of the major descriptive epidemiological trends in milk fat depression in time and space in Ireland...
2017: Irish Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528530/evaluation-of-ratite-skinning-force-in-order-to-fix-plant-and-mechanical-solutions
#11
Biagio Bianchi
The skin is the most requested product of ratite slaughter and 'first-rate' ratite's skin has a high economic market. Ostrich hide is tanned in South Africa and sold all over the world. Besides, the ostrich meat is considered a niche production in the marketplace, thus allowing for another pro t for the ostrich breeding. Theorical analysis of skinning process has been carried out, and an automatic measurement system has been designed to record the drawing-force on the animal's body during skinning tests. The aim of this study was to indentify the best animal position and provide values of drawing-force in order to design a speci c machine for ostrich skinning...
May 12, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528408/the-glaucous-winged-gull-larus-glaucescens-as-an-indicator-of-chemical-contaminants-in-the-canadian-pacific-marine-environment-evidence-from-stable-isotopes
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M L Davis, J E Elliott, T D Williams
The Glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) has been selected by Environment Canada as a marine indicator species for long-term monitoring of persistent contaminants in the Canadian Pacific. However, the indicator value of this species depends on its trophic level and proportion of marine prey in its diet. Eggs, used as the monitoring medium, are produced entirely from maternal resources and knowledge of adult diet before and during egg production is critical to interpreting contaminant levels. Due to a lack of recent and reliable dietary ecology work, we examined the diet of breeding Glaucous-winged gulls through carbon (δ(13)C) and nitrogen (δ(15)N) stable isotope analysis at three colonies on the Pacific coast...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527809/accuracy-of-genomic-predictions-in-gyr-bos-indicus-dairy-cattle
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S A Boison, A T H Utsunomiya, D J A Santos, H H R Neves, R Carvalheiro, G Mészáros, Y T Utsunomiya, A S do Carmo, R S Verneque, M A Machado, J C C Panetto, J F Garcia, J Sölkner, M V G B da Silva
Genomic selection may accelerate genetic progress in breeding programs of indicine breeds when compared with traditional selection methods. We present results of genomic predictions in Gyr (Bos indicus) dairy cattle of Brazil for milk yield (MY), fat yield (FY), protein yield (PY), and age at first calving using information from bulls and cows. Four different single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) chips were studied. Additionally, the effect of the use of imputed data on genomic prediction accuracy was studied...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527796/genetic-parameters-of-mid-infrared-methane-predictions-and-their-relationships-with-milk-production-traits-in-holstein-cattle
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P B Kandel, M-L Vanrobays, A Vanlierde, F Dehareng, E Froidmont, N Gengler, H Soyeurt
Many countries have pledged to reduce greenhouse gases. In this context, the dairy sector is one of the identified sectors to adapt production circumstances to address socio-environmental constraints due to its large carbon footprint related to CH4 emission. This study aimed mainly to estimate (1) the genetic parameters of 2 milk mid-infrared-based CH4 proxies [predicted daily CH4 emission (PME, g/d), and log-transformed predicted CH4 intensity (LMI)] and (2) their genetic correlations with milk production traits [milk (MY), fat (FY), and protein (PY) yields] from first- and second-parity Holstein cows...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527015/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-the-genomic-region-associated-with-shell-color-in-yesso-scallop-patinopecten-yessoensis
#15
Liang Zhao, Yangping Li, Yajuan Li, Jiachen Yu, Huan Liao, Shuyue Wang, Jia Lv, Jun Liang, Xiaoting Huang, Zhenmin Bao
The shell color polymorphism widely exists in economic shellfish, which not only results in a better visual perception but also shows great value as an economic trait for breeding. Small numbers of reddish-orange shell Yesso scallops, Patinopecten yessoensis, were found in cultured populations compared to the brown majority. In this study, a genome-wide association study was conducted to understand the genetic basis of shell color. Sixty-six 2b-RAD libraries with equal numbers of reddish-orange and brown shell individuals were constructed and sequenced using the Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform...
May 19, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526698/improving-response-in-genomic-selection-with-a-population-based-selection-strategy-optimal-population-value-selection
#16
Matthew Goiffon, Aaron Kusmec, Lizhi Wang, Guiping Hu, Patrick Schnable
Genomic selection (GS) identifies individuals for inclusion in breeding programs based on the sum of their estimated marker effects or genomic estimated breeding values (GEBVs). Due to significant correlation between GEBVs and true breeding values, this has resulted in enhanced rates of genetic gain as compared to traditional methods of selection. Three extensions to GS, weighted genomic selection (WGS), optimal haploid value (OHV) selection, and genotype building (GB) selection have been proposed to improve long-term response and to facilitate the efficient development of doubled haploids...
May 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525660/polymorphism-of-mitochondrial-dna-in-the-brazilian-canind%C3%A3-goat-breed
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N M V Silva, E C Pimenta Filho, J K G Arandas, M A Gomes Filho, E Ferreira, I Del Cerro, C Fonseca, M N Ribeiro
The success of the geographical distribution of goat populations around the world is a consequence of the adaptive potential of these breeds. Several relevant traits to the success of the species in colonizing different ecosystems (and use by man) evolved before domestication. These features were relevant for the selection of different breeds. Each breed represents a genetic heritage that may be unique and essential for maintaining the species. The objective of this study was to catalog the mtDNA haplotypes of the Brazilian autochthonous Canindé goat breed and to characterize the genetic diversity observed in subpopulations by sequencing a 481-bp fragment corresponding to the first portion of the control region in 178 individuals from 10 herds, sampled in six Brazilian states...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525323/values-of-apoptosis-of-lymphocytes-and-granulocytes-in-peripheral-blood-of-polish-mixed-breed-rabbits-in-the-annual-cycle
#18
B Tokarz-Deptuła, B Hukowska-Szematowicz, P Niedźwiedzka-Rystwej, A Trzeciak-Ryczek, W Deptuła
The objective of the study was to determine values of apoptosis for peripheral blood lymphocytes and granulocytes, including dependency on the season of the year, in Polish mixed-breed rabbits and in mixed-breed rabbits with the addition of blood of meat-breed rabbits. The study was carried out in four seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn, winter) involving 120 Polish mixed-breed rabbits - group I, and 120 Polish mixed-breed rabbits with addition of meat-breed rabbit blood - group II. Assessment of apoptosis of lymphocytes and granulocytes was performed using as FACScan cytometer by Becton Dickinson with FACSDiva software (USA), using as ApoFluor® Green Caspase reagent kit (MP Biomedicals, USA) to detect the activity of the total caspase pool 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in granulocytes and lymphocytes of rabbit peripheral blood...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521758/genome-wide-association-study-for-feed-efficiency-and-growth-traits-in-u-s-beef-cattle
#19
Christopher M Seabury, David L Oldeschulte, Mahdi Saatchi, Jonathan E Beever, Jared E Decker, Yvette A Halley, Eric K Bhattarai, Maral Molaei, Harvey C Freetly, Stephanie L Hansen, Helen Yampara-Iquise, Kristen A Johnson, Monty S Kerley, JaeWoo Kim, Daniel D Loy, Elisa Marques, Holly L Neibergs, Robert D Schnabel, Daniel W Shike, Matthew L Spangler, Robert L Weaber, Dorian J Garrick, Jeremy F Taylor
BACKGROUND: Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays for domestic cattle have catalyzed the identification of genetic markers associated with complex traits for inclusion in modern breeding and selection programs. Using actual and imputed Illumina 778K genotypes for 3887 U.S. beef cattle from 3 populations (Angus, Hereford, SimAngus), we performed genome-wide association analyses for feed efficiency and growth traits including average daily gain (ADG), dry matter intake (DMI), mid-test metabolic weight (MMWT), and residual feed intake (RFI), with marker-based heritability estimates produced for all traits and populations...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521012/the-effect-of-dl-l-isomers-and-dl-hydroxy-analog-administered-at-2-levels-as-dietary-sources-of-methionine-on-the-metabolic-and-antioxidant-parameters-and-growth-performance-of-turkeys
#20
J Jankowski, K Ognik, M Kubinska, A Czech, J Juskiewicz, Z Zdunczyk
A hypothesis was verified that dietary methionine (Met) improves the growth and antioxidant status of turkeys, and that its effects depend on dietary inclusion levels and sources. A total of 816 female Hybrid Converter turkeys was fed wheat-soybean meal-based diets supplemented with 3 sources of Met: DL-, L-isomers and DL-hydroxy analog (DLM, LM, and MHA, respectively). In 4 4-week periods (from one to 16 wk of age), dietary Met content corresponded to NRC (1994) recommendations or was increased by approximately 50% (in one to 8 wk by 44 to 46% and in 9 to 16 wk by 55 to 56% vs...
May 17, 2017: Poultry Science
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