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Endocrinology of the Avian Reproductive System
Mary Ann Ottinger and Murray R. Bakst
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Vol. 9, No. 4 (Dec., 1995), pp. 242-250
Published by: Association of Avian Veterinarians
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30134473
Page Count: 9
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The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the avian reproductive system. Attention is given to the neuroendocrine regulation of hypothalamic and pituitary gland hormones as well as the target tissues regulated by these hormones. Emphasis is placed on the dynamics of the system and the effects of alterations resulting from environmental and other influences on the function of the reproductive system. The ovulatory cycle, oviduct, and shell gland are discussed relative to egg formation and the hormonal regulation of this process. Testicular function and the cellular bases for spermatogenesis and steroid production are also discussed.
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery © 1995 Association of Avian Veterinarians