Uropygial gland size and composition varies according to experimentally modified microbiome in Great tits

@inproceedings{Jacob2014UropygialGS,
  title={Uropygial gland size and composition varies according to experimentally modified microbiome in Great tits},
  author={Staffan Jacob and Anika Immer and Sarah Leclaire and Nathalie Parthuisot and Christine Ducamp and Gilles Espinasse and Philipp Heeb},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2014}
}
Parasites exert important selective pressures on host life history traits. In birds, feathers are inhabited by numerous microorganisms, some of them being able to degrade feathers or lead to infections. Preening feathers with secretions of the uropygial gland has been found to act as an antimicrobial defence mechanism, expected to regulate feather microbial communities and thus limit feather abrasion and infections. Here, we used an experimental approach to test whether Great tits (Parus major… CONTINUE READING
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