Photoperiodic Control of Hamster Testis

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Science  17 Nov 1967:
Vol. 158, Issue 3803, pp. 925-928
DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3803.925


The response of the testes of juvenile and adult hamsters to various photoperiods was examined. The testes of juvenile animals reached maturity regardless of the light cycle on which the animals were raised. However, the testes of adult hamsters required at least 12.5 hours of light per day to maintain spermatogenesis and prevent degeneration. This is one of the few demonstrations of a response suitable for study in investigations of the photoperiodic control of testicular function in a laboratory mammal.