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Articles by P. Gonzalez-Redondo
Total Records ( 5 ) for P. Gonzalez-Redondo
  P. Gonzalez-Redondo , F.P. Caravaca , J.M. Castel , Y. Mena , M. Delgado-Pertinez and V.M. Fernandez-Cabanas
  The opinions of students at the Faculty of Agriculture (Seville University, Spain) concerning the educational usefulness and the affectation of the rabbits welfare of a university farm for teaching Rabbit Farming were analyzed. Both prior to beginning the course as well as upon completion, the majority of students supported the use of the farm for conducting the practicals (97.9% before the course; 100.0% after) they preferred to learn on the university farm rather than visiting commercial farms (90.7% before; 95.3% after) and they believed the welfare of the rabbits was not harmed (63.8% before; 54.7% after), or if it was harmed that it was not reason enough to discontinue the use of the rabbits for the practicals (36.2% before; 40.4% after). The students' expectations prior to participating in the practicals and their opinions upon completion revealed that they though that with the university farm they learned 60% more than without its help. The majority of Agricultural Engineering students agreed that the establishment of a teaching farm in the university for the purpose of Rabbit Farming practicals significantly improved the teaching learning process and the majority of students perceived the welfare of the rabbits was not negatively affected.
  P. Gonzalez-Redondo , F.P. Caravaca , J.M. Castel, Y. Mena , M. Delgado-Pertinez and V.M. Fernandez-Cabanas
  The viability of maintaining a farm for teaching in Rabbit Farming at the Faculty of Agriculture (University of Seville, Spain) using collaborating students and the collaborating students’ perception of the educational usefulness of the activity were analysed. The collaborating students, organised into groups of three, spent 1.55±1.04 h day-1 in cleaning, feeding and taking care of the rabbits. They regarded the activity as being quite easy (mean±SD = 2.44±2.50, where 10 = extremely difficult) and compatible (9.19±1.10, where 10 = totally compatible) with their other academic activities. The coordination between the collaborating students within each group was high (8.53±2.14 with 10 = totally coordinated). Most of them (85.3%) opined that a group of three people was an appropriate size for the working subgroups. The degree of the collaborating students’ independence with regard to the professors in undertaking their tasks was noteworthy (7.82±2.14 where 10 = totally independent). The collaborating students regarded the activity as highly useful (7.57±2.20 where 10 = very useful) for acquiring skills in animal production. Overall collaborating student satisfaction with the activity was high (9.18±1.71, where 10 = completely satisfactory). Maintaining a teaching farm using collaborating students is viable since they perform their tasks efficiently and regarded the activity as highly useful for acquiring skills in animal science.
  P. Gonzalez-Redondo , A. Horcada , M. Valera and M.J. Alcalde
  Wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) meat is a valuable food resource in some Mediterranean countries. However, it has been scarcely studied. Aimed at characterising some properties of this meat, the Percentage of Released Water (PRW) of the Longissimus dorsi (LD) and pH of the LD and Biceps femoris (BF) muscles were measured in 53 wild rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus). The rabbits were purchased in summer 2006 in several traditional markets in the province of Seville (Spain). LD muscle pH was 5.96 and BF muscle pH was 6.03 with no differences between sexes (p>0.05). There were negative correlations between the unskinned, eviscerated weight of the rabbits and pH of the LD and BF muscles (r = -0.322; p<0.05). PRW from LD muscle was 17.98% with no differences between sexes (p>0.05). The PRW and pH of LD muscle show a negative correlation (r = -0.433; p<0.01). Both muscle pH values and LD muscle PRW were higher in wild rabbits than the values described for meat breeds in the literature. This is due to the higher depletion of energy reserves and lower lactic acid production in the muscle as a consequence of the stress and flight during hunting.
  R. Fernandez-Canero and P. Gonzalez-Redondo
  Green roofs are a technology with a long tradition however, today are considered one of the most innovative developments for urban greening and constitute an opportunity for creating additional habitat for birds in the cities. Green roofs provide water and food mainly throughout insects, berries and seeds for feeding birds. Also provide space and cover that protect birds and their nests from predators. However, not all green roofs have the same ecological valueor equally favour the breeding of birds. It depends on the type of green roof, design, selected vegetation and maintenance. This encourages bird presence including of endangered species that permits urban people to obtain benefits such as aesthetic and psychological, ecological and some utilitarian ones. Conversely at the same time birds can damage plants that vegetate on green roofs especially in its establishment phase when the vegetated structure is more fragile or more rarely can act as disease reservoirs or cause accidents, e.g., in the airport environments. Despite the worldwide increasing wide spread of green roofs in the last decades until now little attention has been paid to bird populations in relation to this kind of urban greening and few specific studies have been undertaken. This study carries out a broad review on green roofs as a habitat for birds in the urban environments and proposes a standardised methodology aimed at studying bird population on green roofs.
  P. Gonzalez-Redondo
  Growth and feed consumption during the 1st month of life of red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) chicks was compared when feeding with two different commercial starter mashes containing 27.5 and 28.6% crude protein, respectively. At 30 days old, chicks weighed 180 g, grew at an average daily gain of 5.8 g day-1 and consumed 20.5 g day-1 starter mash with a feed conversion of 3.5 without difference between both feeds although, one of them contained more protein and fat and less fibre. This implies that similar efficiency is achieved when raising red-legged partridge chicks fed with commercial starter mashes from different brands.
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