The development of the oxygen permeability of the avian egg shell and its membranes during incubation.

@article{Lomholt1976TheDO,
  title={The development of the oxygen permeability of the avian egg shell and its membranes during incubation.},
  author={Jens Peter Lomholt},
  journal={The Journal of experimental zoology},
  year={1976},
  volume={198 2},
  pages={177-84}
}
The 02-permeability of the avian egg shell and shell membranes is initially low (approximately equal to 0.1-10(-6) ml O2 STP-sec-1cm-2-mmHg-1) during incubation but increases about 10-fold after the first week. This increase correlates with a decline in water content of the membranes. A major increase in colloid osmotic pressure (up to 50 cm Hg) occurs and is the suggested cause for the onset of rapid removal of water from the membranes. A high membrane water content correlates with low O2… CONTINUE READING

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