Stressed mothers lay eggs with high corticosterone levels which produce low-quality offspring.

  title={Stressed mothers lay eggs with high corticosterone levels which produce low-quality offspring.},
  author={Nicola Saino and Mar{\'i}a Ruiz Romano and Raffaella Ferrari and Roberta Martinelli and Anders Pape M\oller},
  journal={Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Comparative experimental biology},
  volume={303 11},
Organisms frequently encounter stressful ecological conditions. In vertebrates, a major mechanism of physiological response to stress is mediated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and results in increased secretion of glucocorticosteroids, which can have adverse consequences on diverse phenotypic traits affecting fitness. Maternal stress may thus have carry-over effects on progeny if it influences pre-natal offspring environment in terms of glucocorticosteroid concentration, although… CONTINUE READING
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