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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

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
Volume83
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)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The mammalian pineal gland: its adaptive significance for reproductive responses to environmental changes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this