María-José Argente

Miguel Hernandez University Spain

María-José Argente studied Agriculture Engineering and obtained her Ph.D. with a thesis about rabbit genetics at Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. She is an associate professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics at Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain. She has worked at the University of Edinburgh, University of Thessaloniki, University of Nitra, and the University of Blida. Her career has focused on the genetic improvement of litter size in rabbits using novel methods such as selecting uterine capacity and litter size environmental variability, with a recent interest in correlated response in susceptibility to stress and diseases as well as the role of gut microbiota on animal welfare. She has published more than 50 papers in scientifically indexed journals and 200 contributions to congresses. Details of her publications can be found at

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This book offers an approach to the knowledge of lagomorph characteristics with a focus on Oryctolagus and Lepus genera to which domestic rabbits and hare belong. Specifically, this volume provides an overview of the environmental factors that affect rabbit welfare, like housing systems, thermal and humidity conditions as well as a molecular study of the main viral diseases. Moreover, the book includes a review of the commercial rabbit lines and provides a profitability study for meat production with actual data. In the case of hares, they are threatened in some regions and therefore it is necessary to understand their habitat, morphological and reproductive characteristics, as well as the main infectious diseases that affect them.

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