Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background The Akhal-Teke horse (AKH) is native of the modern Turkmenistan area. It was introduced in Italy from 1991 to 2000 mainly as an endurance horse. This paper characterizes the genetic variability of the whole Italian AKH horse population and evaluates...

["Biodiversity","Genetics","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4889
63 downloads
304 views

Background The provincial wildlife management agency, British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, performed a translocation to control the urban mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus; uMD) overpopulation and supplement...

["Conservation Biology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4968
172 downloads
608 views

Background Freemartinism generally occurs in female offspring of dizygotic twins in a mixed-sex pregnancy. Most bovine heterosexual twin females are freemartins. However, about 10% of bovine heterosexual twin females are fertile. Farmers mostly cull bovine fertile...

["Agricultural Science","Developmental Biology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4616
111 downloads
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Idiopathic chronic enterocolitis (ICE) is one of the most commonly encountered and difficult to manage diseases of captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). The etiology is not well understood, but perturbations in gut microbial communities have been implicated....

["Microbiology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4612
1 citation
208 downloads
1,394 views

Background Ground reaction forces (GRF) measured during equine gait analysis are typically evaluated by analyzing discrete values obtained from continuous force-time data for the vertical, longitudinal and transverse GRF components. This paper describes a simple,...

["Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4399
125 downloads
651 views

Background The Hungarian draft is a horse breed with a recent mixed ancestry created in the 1920s by crossing local mares with draught horses imported from France and Belgium. The interest in its conservation and characterization has increased over the last few...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4198
2 citations
236 downloads
1,883 views

Background Locomotion results from the generation of ground reaction forces (GRF) that cause translations of the center of mass (COM) and generate moments that rotate the body around the COM. The trot is a diagonally-synchronized gait performed by horses at intermediate...

["Animal Behavior","Bioengineering","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Kinesiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3866
3 citations
305 downloads
1,338 views

Background Melissococcus plutonius is an entomopathogenic bacterium that causes European foulbrood (EFB), a honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) disease that necessitates quarantine in some countries. In Czechia, positive evidence of EFB was absent for almost 40 years,...

["Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3816
177 downloads
920 views

A study was carried out to assess the effect of Stress Coat® on slime production in goldfish (Carassius auratus) and koi (Cyprinus carpio). The study also investigated histological changes that might be associated with slime producing cells, and wound healing in...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Dermatology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3759
3 citations
180 downloads
1,174 views

Background Leukocyte concentrations follow a circadian pattern in mammals, with elevated values at times of potential contact with pathogens and parasites. We hypothesized that this pattern is disturbed after an immune challenge. Methods In Thailand, we captured...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Hematology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3570
2 citations
471 downloads
2,517 views

Migratory seabirds face threats from climate change and a variety of anthropogenic disturbances. Although most seabird research has focused on the ecology of individuals at the colony, technological advances now allow researchers to track seabird movements at sea...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3287
2 citations
180 downloads
952 views

Background The breeding of lactating donkeys is increasing in Western Europe; with it the evaluation of body condition is growing in importance since it is considered a key principle for their welfare. However, assessment of body condition is a complex task, since...

["Animal Behavior","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3001
2 citations
322 downloads
1,298 views

Background Illegal trade in rare wildlife species is a major threat to many parrot species around the world. Wildlife forensics plays an important role in the preservation of endangered or threatened wildlife species. Identification of illegally harvested or traded...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Legal Issues"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2900
1 citation
178 downloads
943 views

Moult of feathers entails considerable physiological and energetic costs to an avian organism. Even under favourable feeding conditions, endogenous body stores and energy reserves of moulting birds are usually severely depleted. Thus, most species of birds separate...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Toxicology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3057
2 citations
513 downloads
2,704 views

Background The practice of feeding of diets containing raw animal products (RAP) to pets (dogs and cats) is discouraged by veterinary organizations and governmental public health organizations. Nevertheless, the practice of feeding RAP to pets is increasing in...

["Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Nutrition"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3031

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