Semiochemical compounds of preen secretion reflect genetic make-up in a seabird species.

@article{Leclaire2012SemiochemicalCO,
  title={Semiochemical compounds of preen secretion reflect genetic make-up in a seabird species.},
  author={Sarah Leclaire and Thomas Merkling and Christine Raynaud and Herv{\'e} Mulard and J. -M. Bessi{\`e}re and Emeline Lhuillier and Scott A. Hatch and Etienne G. J. Danchin},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1731},
  pages={
          1185-93
        }
}
Several vertebrates choose their mate according to genetic heterozygosity and relatedness, and use odour cues to assess their conspecifics' genetic make-up. In birds, although several species (including the black-legged kittiwake) exhibit non-random mating according to genetic traits, the cues used to assess genetic characteristics remain unknown. The importance of olfaction in birds' social behaviour is gaining attention among researchers, and it has been suggested that, as in other… CONTINUE READING
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