Microbial and environmental effects on avian egg viability: do tropical mechanisms act in a temperate environment?

@article{Wang2011MicrobialAE,
  title={Microbial and environmental effects on avian egg viability: do tropical mechanisms act in a temperate environment?},
  author={Jennifer M. Wang and Mary K. Firestone and Steven R. Beissinger},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={92 5},
  pages={1137-45}
}
The viability of freshly laid avian eggs declines after several days of exposure to ambient temperatures above physiological zero, and declines occur faster in tropical than temperate ecosystems. Microbial infection during preincubation exposure has recently been shown as a second cause of egg viability decline in the tropics, but whether microbial processes influence the viability of wild bird eggs in temperate ecosystems is unknown. We determined the microbial load on eggshells, the incidence… CONTINUE READING

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