Investigation of the seasonal variations of temperature and relative humidity on fertility potential of indoor boars: Preliminary data
The objective of my undergraduate research project was to evaluate the impacts of external temperature and relative humidity variations on semen production of boars maintained in a thermo-regulated barn. The study began November 2013, and will conclude October 2014. Currently, the winter results (November, December, January, and February) indicate that despite the thermoregulation of the barn, environmental temperature and relative humidity variations still affect semen production. Protein analysis and gene expression will be conducted with the expectations to find both qualitative and quantitative differences between samples collected on the warmest days and the coldest days. We expect to find that despite these boars being maintained in a temperature regulated barn, they are still suffering from seasonal variations.
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