Variation in core body temperature indicates fitness in ruminants, and is related to the potential for reproduction

Yuri Kitagawa

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Understanding of the fitness of individual animals would improve the efficiency of livestock production and help to achieve food security. Evidence is accumulating that variation in core body temperature reflects an animals' use of resources, especially energy. The circadian rhythm of core body temperature (CRT) and stress-induced hyperthermia (SIH) were analysed in sheep and goats when they were exposed to exogenous challenges. My PhD work has added to evidence that the profile of the CRT and occurrence of SIH are useful biomarker of an animals’ fitness, and may reflect the animals’ capacity to cope with day-to-day challenges.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Blache, Dominique, Supervisor
  • Maloney, Shane, Supervisor
  • Ohkura, Satoshi, Supervisor, External person
  • Matsuyama, Shuichi, Supervisor, External person
Award date22 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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