Embryonic growth and antioxidant provision in avian eggs.

  title={Embryonic growth and antioxidant provision in avian eggs.},
  author={D Charles Deeming and Thomas W. Pike},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={9 6},
Avian embryos undergo extremely rapid development over a relatively short period of time, and so are likely to suffer high levels of oxidative damage unless this is mitigated by sufficient maternal allocation of appropriate antioxidants. At a species level, it is therefore predicted that antioxidants should be allocated to eggs according to the rate of embryonic growth, such that eggs containing embryos that grow faster are furnished with higher antioxidant levels, independent of egg size. We… CONTINUE READING
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