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Journal Article

Effect of a Polychlorinated Biphenyl on the Reproduction of Artificially and Naturally Incubated Dove Eggs

David B. Peakall and M. Lavonne Peakall
Journal of Applied Ecology
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Dec., 1973), pp. 863-868
DOI: 10.2307/2401875
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2401875
Page Count: 6
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Effect of a Polychlorinated Biphenyl on the Reproduction of Artificially and Naturally Incubated Dove Eggs
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Abstract

Studies were made on the effect of a diet of 10 ppm of a polychlorinated biphenyl (Aroclor 1254) on the reproduction of ring doves. Embryonic mortality was greatly increased when the eggs were incubated by the parent birds and decreased by artificial incubation. Monitoring of egg temperature suggests that increased mortality was due to decreased parental attentiveness. This observation stresses the importance of using conditions that are similar to natural conditions in testing the effects of environmental contaminates on avian reproduction.

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