Peak energy turnover in lactating European hares: the role of fat reserves.

@article{Valencak2009PeakET,
  title={Peak energy turnover in lactating European hares: the role of fat reserves.},
  author={Teresa G Valencak and Frieda Tataruch and Thomas Ruf},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={212 Pt 2},
  pages={
          231-7
        }
}
European hares (Lepus europaeus) in central Europe have high energetic costs of reproduction, mainly due to precocial, rapidly growing young that rely largely on energy-rich milk. Thus, hares in this climate build up large fat stores during winter that are then gradually depleted during the spring-to-autumn breeding season. We hypothesized that the diminishing fat stores of females over the breeding season might affect resource allocation, peak energy assimilation during lactation or the total… CONTINUE READING

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