Diet selection, digestion and pathogen load: compare temperate lattitude with experiments in the Arctic

Period: April-Oktober 2010
Fieldwork: May-June 2010 in Friesland
Two students which can form a dedicated team


Many years, we thought that geese had to migrate to the Arctic because of constraints in their digestion or to benefit from a low pathogen load. We have been doing experiments on Spitsbergen with captive goslings. Now we want to repeat these experiments in a temperate region in an area where wild barnacle goslings are raised (e.g. Friesland). The project includes six weeks of fieldwork but also a lot of microscopic analysis on plant epidermal fragments and intestinal parasites in the faeces. For the microscopic analysis, we can study both the Arctic samples from 2008 and the samples which need to be collected in 2010.

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Maarten Loonen
University of Groningen, Arctic Centre
Maarten Loonen
Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

Bundeling van kennis, onderzoek en onderwijs over de Noord- en de Zuidpool

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