Correlation between shell colour and ultrastructure in pheasant eggs

Richards, P. D. G. and Deeming, D. Charles (2001) Correlation between shell colour and ultrastructure in pheasant eggs. British Poultry Science, 42 (3). pp. 338-343. ISSN 0007-1668

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The histochemistry and ultrastructure of pheasant eggs were compared on the basis of blue or brown shell colour. 2. Differences in lectin histochemistry of the outer shell membrane calcification surface indicate a biochemical disruption of the calcification sites in blue eggs. 3. Significant differences were observed in all aspects of eggshell ultrastructure with blue eggs having thinner shells with structural defects. 4. Poor hatchability of blue eggs may reflect high rates of weight loss associated with a defective eggshell.

Keywords:Pheasants, Eggs, Eggshell, Eggshell colour, Hatchability
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C140 Developmental/Reproductive Biology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D424 Game keeping
C Biological Sciences > C141 Developmental Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:13335
Deposited On:12 Feb 2014 15:45

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