Environmental stress is one of the most significant factorsaffecting livestock performance and health, and it is only expectedto increase with effects of global warming. EnvironmentalPhysiology of Livestock brings together the latest research onenvironmental physiology, summarizing progress in the field andproviding directions for future research. Recent developments inestimating heat stress loads are discussed, as well as key studiesin metabolism, reproduction, and genetic expressions.
Environmental Physiology of Livestock begins with asurvey of current heat indexing tools, highlighting recentdiscoveries in animal physiology, changes in productivity levels,and new technologies available to better estimate stress response.Using this synopsis as a point of orientation, later chapters honein on major effects of heat stress, including changing metabolicpathways and nutrient requirements, endocrine regulation ofacclimation to environmental stress, and reduced reproductiveperformance. The text concludes with a thorough discussion ofenvironmental effects on gene expressions, providing importantinsight for future breeding practices.
Environmental Physiology of Livestock is a globallycontributed volume and a key resource for animal scienceresearchers, geneticists, and breeders.