The mammalian pineal gland: its adaptive significance for reproductive responses to environmental changes

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Summarizes the important position of the pineal gland and its hormones in assisting mammals, especially long-breeding rodent species, to adapt to seasonal environmental changes. The photoperiod, acting via the pineal gland, determines the waxing and waning of reproductive competence on a seasonal basis. Pineal secretory products also adjust the entire physiology of the organism on a seasonal basis, thereby ensuring that the animal is physiologically prepared for the various seasons of the year. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-656
Number of pages6
JournalSouth African Journal of Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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