Abstracts Special issue on Animal Physiology 2013, vol. 2, Abstracts special issue
Eva Tvrdá, Peter Sikeli, Jana Lukáčová, Peter Massányi, Norbert Lukáč
Biotechnology of Biotechnology
Semen is a complex mixture containing a variety of organic and inorganic compounds. While the process of semen production is well understood, studies focused on the essential trace elements necessary for a successful sperm cell production and function are not deeply studied yet. Chemical micronutrients do have an indirect effect on male reproduction, as an unbalance in their amount may indirectly lead to defective spermatogenesis, reduced libido, and consequently, impairment of male fertility. Dietary and feeding supplementation have the ability to increase male reproductive performance and the effects of minerals in diet cannot be ignored. This review will provide information to a better understanding of the essential participation of selected micronutrients on male reproductive processes and functions.