Basal metabolic rate: heritability and genetic correlations with morphological traits in the zebra finch.

@article{Rnning2007BasalMR,
  title={Basal metabolic rate: heritability and genetic correlations with morphological traits in the zebra finch.},
  author={Bernt R\onning and Henrik Jensen and B\orge Moe and Claus Bech},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={20 5},
  pages={1815-22}
}
Studies of genetic variation in metabolic traits have so far not focused on birds. In our study population of captive zebra finches we found evidence for a significant heritable genetic component in basal metabolic rate (BMR). Heritability of all morphological traits investigated (body mass, head length, tars length and wing length) was significantly larger than zero. All traits were positively phenotypically correlated. Eight of 10 genetic correlations presented in this study differed… CONTINUE READING

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