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Data from: Polymorphism at the Clock gene predicts phenology of long-distance migration in birds

Nicola Saino, Gaia Bazzi, Emanuele Gatti, Manuela Caprioli, Jacopo G. Cecere, Cristina D. Possenti, Andrea Galimberti, Valerio Orioli, Luciano Bani, Diego Rubolini, Luca Gianfranceschi & Fernando Spina
Dissecting phenotypic variance in life history traits into its genetic and environmental components is at the focus of evolutionary studies and of pivotal importance to identify the mechanisms and predict the consequences of human-driven environmental change. The timing of recurrent life history events (phenology) is under strong selection, but the study of the genes that control potential environmental canalization in phenological traits is at its infancy. Candidate genes for circadian behaviour entrained by photoperiod have...

Data from: Choosy wolves? Heterozygote advantage but no evidence of MHC-based disassortative mating

Marco Galaverni, Romolo Caniglia, Pietro Milanesi, Silvana Lapalombella, Elena Fabbri & Ettore Randi
A variety of nonrandom mate choice strategies, including disassortative mating, are used by vertebrate species to avoid inbreeding, maintain heterozygosity and increase fitness. Disassortative mating may be mediated by the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), an important gene cluster controlling immune responses to pathogens. We investigated the patterns of mate choice in 26 wild-living breeding pairs of gray wolf (Canis lupus) that were identified through noninvasive genetic methods and genotyped at 3 MHC class II and...

Data from: Towards a genome-wide approach for detecting hybrids: informative SNPs to detect introgression between domestic cats and European wildcats (Felis silvestris)

Rita Oliveira, Ettore Randi, Federica Mattucci, Jennifer Kurushima, Leslie Lyons & Paulo Alves
Endemic gene pools have been severely endangered by human-mediated hybridization, which is posing new challenges in the conservation of several vertebrate species. The endangered European wildcat is an example of this problem, as several natural populations are suffering introgression of genes from the domestic cat. The implementation of molecular methods for detecting hybridization is crucial for supporting appropriate conservation programs on the wildcat. In this study, genetic variation at 158 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) was analyzed...

Data from: European wildcat populations are subdivided into five main biogeographic groups: consequences of Pleistocene climate changes or recent anthropogenic fragmentation?

Federica Mattucci, Rita Oliveira, Leslie A. Lyons, Paulo C. Alves & Ettore Randi
Extant populations of the European wildcat are fragmented across the continent, the likely consequence of recent extirpations due to habitat loss and over-hunting. However, their underlying phylogeographic history has never been reconstructed. For testing the hypothesis that the European wildcat survived the Ice Age fragmented in Mediterranean refuges, we assayed the genetic variation at 31 microsatellites in 668 presumptive European wildcats sampled in 15 European countries. Moreover, to evaluate the extent of subspecies/population divergence and...

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  • Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale
  • University of Porto
  • Aalborg University
  • University of Montana
  • University of Milan
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • University of Missouri
  • University of California Davis Medical Center