Summary and Implications
Ovaries were obtained from growing pigs that had been heat-stressed and were evaluated for alterations in a signaling pathway known to play a critical role in ovarian physiology. Our results indicate that hyperthermia alters this pathway in a short space of time (after 7 days). Identifying how and why heat stress alters ovarian physiology are important in developing therapeutic approaches to prevent the reduction in reproductive performance associated with warm summer months.
Iowa State University
Nteeba, Jackson; Baumgard, Lance H.; Ross, Jason W.; and Keating, Aileen F.
"Effects of Heat Stress on Ovarian Physiology in Growing Pigs,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 658, ASL R2743.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol658/iss1/75