Data from: Eggshells as hosts of bacterial communities: an experimental test of the antimicrobial egg coloration hypothesis

Donald C. Dearborn, Symmantha M. Page, Miri Dainson, Mark E. Hauber & Daniel Hanley
Oviparous animals have evolved multiple defenses to prevent microbes from penetrating their eggs and causing embryo mortality. In birds, egg constituents such as lysozyme and antibodies defend against microbial infestation, but eggshell pigments might also impact survival of bacteria. If so, microbes could exert an important selective pressure on the evolution of eggshell coloration. In a previous lab experiment, eggshell protoporphyrin caused drastic mortality in cultures of Gram positive, but not Gram negative, bacteria when...
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