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Techniques in physiology and genetics

Alistair Dawson

in Bird Ecology and Conservation

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780198520863
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191706189 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520863.003.0009

Series: Techniques in Ecology & Conservation

 Techniques in physiology and genetics

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This chapter considers methods used to study the physiology and genetics of birds. It describes methods for obtaining samples of blood and tissue from wild birds, experimentation, anaesthesia, administration of substances to birds, implants, and laparatomy. The legal and ethical considerations involved in the use of invasive and experimental methods are discussed in detail. The uses of materials gathered from such techniques in studies of ecotoxicology, endocrinology, energetics, and molecular genetics are described.

Keywords: invasive sampling; physiology; ecotoxicology; endocrinology; energetics; molecular genetics

Chapter.  8588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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