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Scientists: The eider disappears due to thiamine deficiency

There is a direct link between thiamine deficiency and the eider decline in Sweden, scientists at National veterinary Institute (SVA) and Stockholm University, announce in a press release today. The results have been published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.

- The relationship between thiamine deficiency and reproductive failure in the common eider demonstrates a strong connection between biochemistry and ecology. What we need to do next is to search for the underlying cause of the thiamine deficiency, says Lennart Balk, professor at ACES and co-author of the study.

Read the press release here (in Swedish).

Read the article ”Thiamine deficiency impairs common eider (Somateria mollissima) reproduction in the field”, published in Scientific Reports within Nature Publishing Group (NPG), here:

For more information, also visit the Stockholm University website here