Metabolic Adaptation of Gilts on Trace-Minerals in Response to Pregnancy and Low Dietary Zinc

  • Eduardo R. Chavez
  • Juan Kalinowski


Adaptive mechanisms of a different nature exist in animal metabolic systems. They represent the flexibility of the biological unit to cope with continuous environmental and physiological changes and maintain homeostatic conditions compatible with normal growth, maintenance and reproduction during the life-cycle of the animal.


Late Gestation Negative Balance Dietary Zinc Intake Apparent Retention Skin Desquamation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo R. Chavez
    • 1
  • Juan Kalinowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal ScienceMacdonald College of McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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