, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 549–550 | Cite as

Molt-induced muscle atrophy decreases the zinc content of the pectoralis of the Giant Canada Goose (Branta canadensis maxima)

  • B. W. C. Rosser
  • J. C. George
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During molt-induced atrophy of the pectoralis muscle of the Giant Canada Goose (Branta canadensis maxima), the zinc content of the muscle was significantly reduced (p≤0.0139), though the concentration of zinc per unit weight of muscle appeared higher (p≤0.0232). Zinc lost from the muscle during molt could be utilized for growth of the new flight feathers.

Key words

Zinc muscle molt geese 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. W. C. Rosser
    • 1
  • J. C. George
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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