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Ferula Hermonis Roots Extract on Testicular Biometry and Reproductive Hormones in Local Ducks

K.C.K. Al-Salhie and S.K.M. Al-Hummod

Department of Animal Production, College of Agriculture, University of Basrah, Basrah-61001, Iraq

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal December 2019 : 96 (12) - pages 14 to 17
(Received: March, 2019, Accepted: July, 2019)


The current study was conducted to examine the effect of ferula hermonis roots extract on testicular biometry and reproductive hormones in local ducks. Forty-ve local drakes were divided into three treatments. The  rst and second treatments were orally dosed 100 and 200 mg of ferula hermonis roots extract for six weeks respectively.The third treatment was without the extract (control). The results showed a signicantly higher relative weight, length, width and volume of the testes in the second treatment compared to  rst and third treatments. The results indicated a signi cant increase in the seminal tubular diameter and thickness of seminiferous epithelium in the second treatment compared to rst and third treatments. On the other hand, there was a signicant increase in the concentration of Luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and testosterone in the second treatment compared to rst and third treatments. We can conclude that a ferula hermonis roots extract has improved the development of testes and increases FSH, LH and testosterone hormones in local drakes.

Key Words: ferula hermonis, testes, duck

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