A quantitative trait locus for recognition of foreign eggs in the host of a brood parasite.

@article{MartnGlvez2006AQT,
  title={A quantitative trait locus for recognition of foreign eggs in the host of a brood parasite.},
  author={David Mart{\'i}n-G{\'a}lvez and Juan Jos{\'e} Soler and Juan Gabriel Mart{\'i}nez and Andrew P. Krupa and Murielle Richard and Manuel Soler and Anders Pape M\oller and Terry Burke},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={19 2},
  pages={543-50}
}
Avian brood parasites reduce the reproductive output of their hosts and thereby select for defence mechanisms such as ejection of parasitic eggs. Such defence mechanisms simultaneously select for counter-defences in brood parasites, causing a coevolutionary arms race. Although coevolutionary models assume that defences and counter-defences are genetically influenced, this has never been demonstrated for brood parasites. Here, we give strong evidence for genetic differences between ejector and… CONTINUE READING