Maternal Effects Underlie Ageing Costs of Growth in the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

@inproceedings{Tissier2014MaternalEU,
  title={Maternal Effects Underlie Ageing Costs of Growth in the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)},
  author={Mathilde L Tissier and Tony D Williams and François Criscuolo},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2014}
}
Maternal effects provide a mechanism to adapt offspring phenotype and optimize the mother's fitness to current environmental conditions. Transferring steroids to the yolk is one way mothers can translate environmental information into potential adaptive signals for offspring. However, maternally-derived hormones might also have adverse effects for offspring. For example, recent data in zebra finch chicks suggested that ageing related-processes (i.e. oxidative stress and telomere loss) were… CONTINUE READING