Avian ecological epigenetics : pitfalls and promises

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Uppsala University en
dc.contributor.author Sepers, Bernice
dc.contributor.author van den Heuvel, Krista
dc.contributor.author Lindner, Melanie
dc.contributor.author Viitaniemi, Heidi
dc.contributor.author Husby, Arild
dc.contributor.author van Oers, Kees
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-12T08:34:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-12T08:34:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11
dc.identifier.citation Sepers , B , van den Heuvel , K , Lindner , M , Viitaniemi , H , Husby , A & van Oers , K 2019 , ' Avian ecological epigenetics : pitfalls and promises ' , Journal of Ornithology , vol. 160 , no. 4 , pp. 1183–1203 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-019-01684-5 en
dc.identifier.issn 2193-7206
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dc.identifier.other RIS: urn:0D7888DC11DD13BCD3017D9F2C58C71F
dc.identifier.other RIS: Sepers2019
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-1911-8351/work/66034535
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000511336100023
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308122
dc.description.abstract Epigenetic mechanisms can alter gene expression without a change in the nucleotide sequence and are increasingly recognized as important mechanisms that can generate phenotypic diversity. Most of our current knowledge regarding the origin and role of epigenetic variation comes from research on plants or mammals, often in controlled rearing conditions. Epigenetic research on birds in their natural habitats is still in its infancy, but is needed to answer questions regarding the origin of epigenetic marks and their role in phenotypic variation and evolution. Here we review the potential for studying epigenetic variation in natural bird systems. We aim to provide insights into (1) the origin of epigenetic variation, (2) the relationship between epigenetic variation and trait variation, and (3) the possible role of epigenetic variation in adaptation to changing environments. As there is currently little research on epigenetics in wild birds, we examine how findings on other taxa such as plants and mammals relate to birds. We also examine some of the pros and cons of the most commonly used methods to study patterns of DNA methylation in birds, and suggest some topics we believe need to be addressed to develop the field of wild avian epigenetics further. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Ornithology
dc.rights en
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology en
dc.title Avian ecological epigenetics : pitfalls and promises en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-019-01684-5
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