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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Characterizing Stress: Measuring and Interpreting Immune and Behavioral Responses

Author
item Morrow, Julie

Submitted to: Proceedings Of Animal Stress Workshop
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: May 5, 1995
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Most of us understand that stress is an everyday occurrence and that all organisms live in a more or less stressful environment. Basically all actions of a surviving organism represent the animal's adaptation to its environment and its unique responses to stress. These adaptive processes that the animal goes through includes a biological cost to the animal. One eof these specific costs can be a lowered ability to resist disease challenges because the stressful situation has suppressed the immune system. The animal's behavior can also be altered during response to stress. By combining research in the area of animal behavior and immunology we will be better able to provide solid answers to the question of how stress affects food-producing animals in current production systems. Those of us in this field of research are also obligated to transfer the technology we develop to the end user (in this case the producer).

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