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Transcriptome analysis of a wild bird reveals physiological responses to the urban environment [Scientific Reports]

Keywords : ecophysiology, evolutionary ecology

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Identifying the molecular basis of environmentally induced phenotypic variation presents exciting opportunities for furthering our understanding of how ecological processes and the environment can shape the phenotype. Urban and rural environments present free-living organisms with different challenges and opportunities, which have marked consequences for the phenotype, yet little is known about responses at the molecular level. We characterised transcriptomes from an urban and a rural population of great tits Parus major, demonstrating striking differences in gene expression profiles in both blood and liver tissues.(...)

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