Antonio Manuel Martín-Platero

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1 Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, E-04001 Almería, Spain; 2 Department of Biología Animal, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, E-18071-Granada, Spain; 3 Department of Microbiología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, Fuentenueva s/n. 18071-Granada, Spain; 4 Instituto de(More)
Juan M. Peralta-Sanchez*, Anders P. Møller, Antonio M. Martin-Platero and Juan J. Soler Departamento de Ecologı́a Funcional y Evolutiva, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, CSIC, Carretera de sacramento s ⁄n, Cañada de San Urbano, E-04012 Almerı́a, Spain; Laboratoire d’Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution, CNRS UMR 8079, Université Paris-Sud, Bâtiment(More)
The uropygial gland (preen gland) is a holocrine secretory gland situated at the base of the tail in birds which produces a hydrophobic fatty secretion. In certain birds, such as the hoopoe, Upupa epops, the composition of this secretion is influenced by both seasonal and sexual factors, becoming darker and more malodorous in females and in their nestlings(More)
Among potential agents that might damage bird feathers are certain microorganisms which secrete enzymes that digest keratin, as is the case of the ubiquitous bacterium Bacillus licheniformis, present in both the feathers and skin of wild birds. It is therefore a good candidate for testing the effects of bird defences against feather-degrading(More)
16S rRNA sequencing, commonly used to survey microbial communities, begins by grouping individual reads into operational taxonomic units (OTUs). There are two major challenges in calling OTUs: identifying bacterial population boundaries and differentiating true diversity from sequencing errors. Current approaches to identifying taxonomic groups or(More)
Animals live in a bacterial world, and detecting and exploring adaptations favouring mutualistic relationships with antibiotic-producing bacteria as a strategy to fight pathogens are of prime importance for evolutionary ecologists. Uropygial secretion of European hoopoes (Upupa epops, Linnaeus) contains antimicrobials from mutualistic bacteria that may be(More)
Symbiotic microorganisms may be directly transferred from parents to offspring or acquired from a particular environment that animals may be able to select. If benefits for hosts vary among microbial strains, natural selection may favour hosts holding the most beneficial one. Enterococci symbionts living in the hoopoe (Upupa epops) uropygial gland are able(More)
Enterococci are common constituents of dairy products such as cheese, in which it is believed that they contribute to the development of some of their organoleptic properties. This is particularly true in the Mediterranean region, where farmhouse cheeses are generally made from raw milk, which tends to harbour enterococci. In recent years, however,(More)
Microbial communities present on eggshell surfaces of wild birds are weakly studied, especially their influence on embryo infection and, thus, egg viability. Bacterial density of wild bird eggshells is very low, and most DNA extraction protocols are frequently unsuccessful. We have efficiently adapted a chelex-based DNA isolation method for 16S ribosomal(More)