Sex-related effects of maternal egg investment on offspring in relation to carotenoid availability in the great tit.


1. Maternal carotenoids in the egg yolk have been hypothesized to promote maturation of the immune system and protect against free radical damages. Depending on availability, mothers may thus influence offspring quality by depositing variable amounts of carotenoids into the eggs. Sex allocation theory predicts that in good quality environments, females… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2007.01309.x


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