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Social and environmental factors modulate leucocyte profiles in free-living Greylag geese (Anser anser).

Authors
  • Frigerio, Didone1
  • Ludwig, Sonja C2
  • Hemetsberger, Josef1
  • Kotrschal, Kurt1
  • Wascher, Claudia A F3
  • 1 Core Facility Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle for Behaviour and Cognition, University of Vienna, Grünau im Almtal, Austria; Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2 Core Facility Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle for Behaviour and Cognition, University of Vienna, Grünau im Almtal, Austria; Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Coach House, Eggleston Hall, Barnard Castle, United Kingdom.
  • 3 Core Facility Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle for Behaviour and Cognition, University of Vienna, Grünau im Almtal, Austria; Department of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Type
Published Article
Journal
PeerJ
Publication Date
2017
Volume
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2792
PMID: 28070455
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Haematology bears a great potential in ecological and behavioural studies on wild vertebrates. In sum, we found that HTC, H/L ratio and absolute number of leucocytes are modulated by social factors and conclude that they may be considered valid indicators of individual stress load.

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