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Free Content Incubation and Fertility Research Group {WPSA Working Group 6 (Reproduction)} 2012 Meeting – Pisa, Italy 13th–15th June 2012

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The IFRG meeting organised by Drs Margherita Marzoni and Annelisse Castillo from the University of Pisa covered a wide range of topics from the microbiological defence systems of the egg, techniques for freezing semen, nest construction in wild birds, the long term effects of incubation temperature on chick performance and chick vocalisation during hatching. There were four invited speakers: Tommaso Pizzari (University of Oxford, UK) who discussed male behaviour and fertility; Maureen Bain (University of Glasgow, UK) describing new techniques for measuring shell quality; Jessica Dymond (USDA Beltsville, USA) who reported on experiments to improve the hatch of long stored eggs; and Ilhami Çelik (University of Selcuk, Turkey) who described the effects of incubation temperature on the development of the thymus and bursa in the chick. Dr Nick French, who has chaired the IFRG for the last 3 years, stepped down as Chairman at the meeting and Dr Marleen Boerjan (Pas Reform, The Netherlands) took over the position. It was agreed that the 2013 meeting would be held in Germany, further details would be made available on the IFRG website when they are available: www.ifrg.org
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