7 Works

Data from: Effect of light-level geolocators on apparent survival of two highly aerial swift species

Michelangelo Morganti, Diego Rubolini, Susanne Akesson, Ana Bermejo, Javier De La Puente, Roberto Lardelli, Felix Liechti, Giovanni Boano, Erika Tomassetto, Mauro Ferri, Mario Caffi, Nicola Saino & Roberto Ambrosini
Light-level geolocators are currently widely used to track the migration of small-sized birds, but their potentially detrimental effects on survival of highly aerial species have been poorly investigated so far. We recorded capture-recapture histories of 283 common swifts Apus apus and 107 pallid swifts Apus pallidus breeding in 14 colonies in Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland that were deployed with 10 different types of geolocators (‘geolocator birds’), and compared their survival with that of, respectively,...

Data from: Evolutionary analysis of Old World arenaviruses reveals a major adaptive contribution of the viral polymerase

Chiara Pontremoli, Diego Forni, Rachele Cagliani, Uberto Pozzoli, Stefania Riva, Ignacio G. Bravo, Mario Clerici & Manuela Sironi
The Old World (OW) arenavirus complex includes several species of rodent-borne viruses, some of which (i.e., Lassa virus, LASV and Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, LCMV) cause human diseases. Most LCMV and LASV infections are caused by rodent-to-human transmissions. Thus, viral evolution is largely determined by events that occur in the wildlife reservoirs. We used a set of human- and rodent-derived viral sequences to investigate the evolutionary history underlying OW arenavirus speciation, as well as the more...

Data from: Genomic analysis suggests KITLG is responsible for a roan pattern in two Pakistani goat breeds

Andrea Talenti, Francesca Bertolini, Jamie Williams, Muhammad Moaeen-Ud-Din, Stefano Frattini, Beatrice Coizet, Giulio Pagnacco, Jim Reecy, Max Rothschild, Paola Crepaldi, James Reecy & Max F Rothschild
The roan coat color pattern is described as the presence of white hairs intermixed with pigmented hairs. This kind of pigmentation pattern has been observed in many domestic species, including the goat. The molecular mechanisms and inheritance that underlie this pattern are known for some species and the KITLG gene has been shown associated with this phenotype. To date, no research effort has been done to find the gene(s) that controls roan coat color pattern...

Data from: Lifetime reproductive success, selection on lifespan and multiple sexual ornaments in male European barn swallows

Alessandra Costanzo, Roberto Ambrosini, Manuela Caprioli, Emanuele Gatti, Marco Parolini, Luca Canova, Diego Rubolini, Andrea Romano, Luca Gianfranceschi & Nicola Saino
Natural and sexual selection arise when individual fitness varies according to focal traits. Extra-pair paternities (EPPs) can affect the intensity of selection by influencing variance in fitness among individuals. Studies of selection require that individual fitness is estimated using proxies of lifetime reproductive success (LRS). However, estimating LRS is difficult in large, open populations where EPPs cause reallocation of biological paternity. Here we used extensive field sampling to estimate LRS in a population of barn...

Data from: Susceptibility to type 2 diabetes may be modulated by haplotypes in G6PC2, a target of positive selection

Nasser M. Al-Daghri, Chiara Pontremoli, Rachele Cagliani, Diego Forni, Majed S. Alokail, Omar S. Al-Attas, Shaun Sabico, Stefania Riva, Mario Clerici & Manuela Sironi
Background: The endoplasmic reticulum enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase catalyzes the common terminal reaction in the gluconeogenic/glycogenolytic pathways and plays a central role in glucose homeostasis. In most mammals, different G6PC subunits are encoded by three paralogous genes (G6PC, G6PC2, and G6PC3). Mutations in G6PC and G6PC3 are responsible for human mendelian diseases, whereas variants in G6PC2 are associated with fasting glucose (FG) levels. Results: We analyzed the evolutionary history of G6Pase genes. Results indicated that the three...

Data from: Soil-mediated filtering organizes tree assemblages in regenerating tropical forests

Bruno Ximenes Pinho, Felipe Pimentel Lopes De Melo, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Simon Pierce, Madelon Lohbeck & Marcelo Tabarelli
1.Secondary forests are increasingly dominant in human-modified tropical landscapes, but the drivers of forest recovery remain poorly understood. Soil conditions influence plant community composition, and are expected to change over a gradient of succession. However, the role of soil conditions as an environmental filter driving community assembly during forest succession has rarely been explicitly assessed. 2.We evaluated the role of stand basal area and soil conditions on community assembly and its consequences for community functional...

Data from: From pristine forests to high-altitude pastures: an ecological approach to prehistoric human impact on vegetation and landscapes in the western Italian Alps

Roberta Pini, Cesare Ravazzi, Luca Raiteri, Antonio Guerreschi, Lorenzo Castellano & Roberto Comolli
1. This paper addresses the origin and development of the oldest prehistoric pasture in the timberline ecotone known so far in the Alps and its relation to anthropogenic pressure and natural climate change. 2. Paleoecological and geochemical techniques were applied on the Crotte Basse mire stratigraphy (2365 m asl, western Italy) to describe changes in vegetation composition, forest biomass, land use and fertilization between ca. 6400 - 1800 yrs cal BP. 3. Subalpine forests dominated...

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  • University of Milan
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique
  • University of Pavia
  • Lund University
  • New York University
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • World Agroforestry Centre
  • King Saud University
  • University of Agriculture