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Characterization of a new keratinolytic bacterium that completely degrades native feather keratin
A novel feather-degrading microorganism was isolated from poultry waste, producing a high keratinolytic activity when cultured on broth containing native feather. Complete feather degradation wasExpand
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Immunocompetence of nestling great tits in relation to rearing environment and parentage
Theoretical models of host–parasite coevolution assume a partially genetic basis to the variability in susceptibility to parasites among hosts, for instance as a result of genetic variation in immuneExpand
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A UV signal of offspring condition mediates context-dependent parental favouritism
As fitness returns during a breeding attempt are context-dependent, parents are predicted to bias their food allocation within a brood from poor towards good condition nestlings when environmentalExpand
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The quantitative genetic basis of offspring solicitation and parental response in a passerine bird with biparental care
The coevolution of parental investment and offspring solicitation is driven by partly different evolutionary interests of genes expressed in parents and their offspring. In species with biparentalExpand
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Feather micro‐organisms and uropygial antimicrobial defences in a colonial passerine bird
Summary 1. The relationship between the composition of communities of micro-organisms and their hosts remains poorly understood. We conducted extensive field studies of feather-degrading bacteria,Expand
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High Diversity among Feather-Degrading Bacteria from a Dry Meadow Soil
The aim of this study was to determine the diversity of cultivable bacteria able to degrade feathers and present in soil under temperate climate. We obtained 33 isolates from soil samples, whichExpand
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Characterization of a protease of a feather‐degrading Microbacterium species
Aims:  To characterize a new feather‐degrading bacterium.
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Begging signals and biparental care: nestling choice between parental feeding locations
The evolutionary conflict over the amount of resources transferred between a parent and its offspring may be resolved by honest signalling of 'need' by offspring and parental investment in relationExpand
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Benefits of induced host responses against an ectoparasite
As a consequence of the deleterious effects of parasites on host fitness, hosts have evolved responses to minimize the negative impact of parasite infection. Facultative parasite–induced responsesExpand
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Environmental factors shape cloacal bacterial assemblages in great tit Parus major and blue tit P. caeruleus nestlings
Despite their potential ecological and evolutionary importance, factors shaping the composition of bacterial communities in wild vertebrate populations remain poorly understood. The goal of thisExpand
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