Until recently a complex overwiew of the biology of reproduction in birds was lacking in scientific literature. Therefore in March of 2014, a hungarian book of Avian Reproductive Biology /Madár Szaporodásbiológia/, written by Peter Péczely was published by the „Agroinform Publishing and Printing House” Ltd. Budapest. Now, the revised text of the hungarian edition is published in english, in a two volume book.
My english published book contains two main parts, in two separate volumes.
The first volume presents the structure, function and molecular regulation of the reproductive process. It deals with the molecular biology of sex determination and sexual differentiation, with the functional anatomy of the avian ovary, development of ova and the function of oviduct and the development of the egg, and the molecular and hormonal relationship of the calcium metabolism of female birds. It highlights the male gonad, gonoductus and the production of sperm cell, in addition with the presentation of the physiology and the molecular events of fertilization. Finally, the relative large body of data traverses the questions of regulation of gonadal functions at the level of the neuroendocrine hypothalamo-adenohypophyseal system, and also at the level of the gonadal endocrine functions.
The second volume studies the reproductive process as a part of the annual life cycle of the birds, searching the relationships between the gonadal function and the different elements of the biocycle. It analyzes the effect of seasonal events of the following and the subsequent reproductive processes. Then, I present the roles of seasonality, and illumination as an external regulatory factor in reproduction, and finally show the mechanism of photosensitivity and photorefractoriness. The third part of this volume analyzes the separated events of the reproduction process, relating to the endocrine, behavioural and ecological elements, and highlights the territoriality, the courting, egg-laying, brooding, and offspring rearing period of the reproduction of birds.