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Why do eggs fail? Causes of hatching failure in threatened populations and consequences for conservation

Assersohn, K; Marshall, AF; Morland, F; Brekke, P; Hemmings, N; (2021) Why do eggs fail? Causes of hatching failure in threatened populations and consequences for conservation. Animal Conservation 10.1111/acv.12674. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Reproductive failure is ubiquitous. However, research on the mechanisms underpinning reproductive failure is still lacking in most species. This gap in our understanding has particularly strong repercussions for threatened species and it hinders our ability to establish effective interventions to improve survival. In this review, we focus on why eggs fail to hatch – one of the most critical and understudied aspects of bird reproduction. We identify the main drivers of hatching failure in threatened populations of birds and the key mechanisms that cause failure at different stages of development inside the egg. We then discuss the importance of management interventions aimed at reducing hatching failure in species of conservation concern. Our review highlights the need for a better understanding of the mechanistic basis of hatching failure in non‐model bird species and identifies the methodological tools necessary to achieve this.

Type: Article
Title: Why do eggs fail? Causes of hatching failure in threatened populations and consequences for conservation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/acv.12674
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12674
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2021 The Authors. Animal Conservation published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Zoological Society of London. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Avian, bird breeding, captive‐breeding, conservation management, development, embryo mortality, fertility, hatchability, reproductive success
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10120729
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