Effect of dietary supplementation with α-tocopheryl acetate and ascorbic acid on qualitative characteristics and fertilizing ability of rabbit semen

 C. Castellini, P. Lattaioli, M. Bernardini


The aim of the present work was to verify the effect of α-tocopheryl acetate addition -50 vs 200mg kg-1 – and ascorbic acid – 0 vs 1mg L-1 - on the characteristics of rabbit semen and its fertilizing ability. The single supplementation of vitamin E and C, compared to the control diet, did not modify semen traits, while the association of E+C significantly improved the kinetics of spermatozoa (60.73 vs 57.09 µm sec-1 – path velocity) but without any effect on the fertility rate (70.00 vs 70.66 %). The results confirm that the standard recommendations for vitamin E and C are adequate if fresh semen is used.

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doi: 10.4995/wrs.2012.1150


 Universitat Politècnica de València


Official journal of the World Rabbit Science Association (WRSA)


e-ISSN: 1989-8886     ISSN: 1257-5011   https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs