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The role of DNA methylation in mating season decisions in a wild fish species
Third-party funded project
Project title The role of DNA methylation in mating season decisions in a wild fish species
Principal Investigator(s) Adrian-Kalchhauser, Irene
Co-Investigator(s) Holm, Patricia
Organisation / Research unit Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Aquatische ÷kologie (Holm)
Project start 01.08.2015
Probable end 01.08.2017
Status Completed

In the mating season, round goby males can adopt either of two behaviors. They can either become territorial males, which guard a nest, court females, and care for their eggs, or they remain non-territorial.

This behaviour can be identified in many goby species. However, it is to date unclear whether the choice taken reflects earlier life experiences or is a on-the-spot decision reflecting nest site availablity.

To identify whether males before the mating season are pre-destined for one or the other behaviour, we investigate DNA methylation patterns in the hypothalamus of non-territorial, territorial, and pre-mating-season males.

Financed by Foundations and Associations
University of Basel

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
4661597  Holm, Patricia  Adrian-Kalchhauser, Irene, Prof.  University Bern, Vetsuisse  01.10.2019  31.01.2025 

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