Heritable variation in maternal yolk hormone transfer in a wild bird population.

  title={Heritable variation in maternal yolk hormone transfer in a wild bird population.},
  author={Barbara Tschirren and Joanna Sendecka and Ton G. G. Groothuis and Lars Gustafsson and B Doligez},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={174 4},
Differential reproductive investment by the mother can critically influence offspring development and phenotype, and strong selection is therefore expected to act on such maternal effects. Although a genetic basis is a prerequisite for phenotypic traits to respond to selection and thus to evolve, we still know very little about the extent of heritable variation in maternal effects in natural populations. Here, we present the first estimates of intrafemale repeatability across breeding seasons… CONTINUE READING

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