| ||This special issue of Animal Production Science contains papers representing the Plenary and Keynote presentations and other work presented at the 7th International Deer Biology Congress (IDBC), held in Chile at the Huilo Huilo nature reserve, near the town of Panguipulli, 1–6 August 2010.
The IDBC are a series of generally quadrennial congresses on cervids aimed at:
- uniting professionals interested in the biology, management, and conservation of wild deer and farmed deer production
- providing a forum to present new research and discuss common problems
- sharing knowledge and experiences.
This Congress brought together a diverse group of deer scientists and deer management professionals from 23 countries of Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Plenary papers published in the Special Issue were presented by Dr Robert Warren (Deer overabundance in the USA: recent advances in population control), Dr Ludek Bartos (Relationships between rank-related behaviour, antler cycle timing and antler growth in deer: behavioural aspects), Dr David Saltz (Reintroducing the Persian fallow deer Dama mesopotamica in Israel - a chronology), Dr Chunyi Li (Stem cells, stem cell niche and antler development), Dr Gordon Dryden (Quantitative nutrition of deer: energy, protein and water), and Dr Rory Putman (Intraspecific variation in biology and ecology of deer: magnitude and causation).
The outcomes of three symposia/workshops: (i) Policies and management of overabundant deer (native or exotic) in protected areas, (ii) Priorities for the conservation of the pudu (Pudu puda) in southern South America, and (iii) Advances in ecology and conservation of Hippocamelus species in South America are also reported.
This Special Issue will make recent advances in deer science available to those deer enthusiasts and specialists who were unable to attend the Congress.