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Ultrastructure of the gastro intestinal tract of healthy Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) using light and scanning electron microscopy

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posted on 31.05.2019, 00:00 by Ngare Wilkinson, I Dinev, William Aspden, RJ Hughes, Ingrid Christiansen, James Chapman, Sheeana Gangadoo, RJ Moore, Dragana Stanley
The Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) are popular both as an alternative protein source and as a model of choice for scientific research in several disciplines. There is limited published information on the histological features of the intestinal tract of Japanese quail. The only comprehensive reference is a book published in 1969. This study aims to fill that niche by providing a reference of general histological features of the Japanese quail, covering all the main sections of the intestinal tract. Both light and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images are presented. Results showed that the Japanese quail intestinal tract is very similar to that of the chicken with the exception of the luminal koilin membrane of the gizzard. Scanning electron microscopic photomicrographs show that in the Japanese quail koilin vertical rods are tightly packed together in a uniform manner making a carpet-like appearance. This differs in chicken where the conformations of vertical rods are arranged in clusters. © 2018 Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

4

Issue

4

Start Page

378

End Page

387

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

2405-6383

ISSN

2405-6545

Publisher

Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

16/06/2018

External Author Affiliations

Trakia University, Bulgaria; Monash University; RMIT University; University of Adelaide; University of New England Armidale; Pig and Poultry Production Institute, SA

Author Research Institute

Institute for Future Farming Systems

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Animal Nutrition