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An avian model for understanding adaptations and modulatory drivers of avian migration

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Project "MIGRADAPT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Veterinaerplatz 1
city: VIENNA
postcode: 1210

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 166˙156 €
 EC max contribution 166˙156 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2018-12-31


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 Project objective

Migratory birds have evolved exceptional adaptations: they can invert their circadian rhythms turning from diurnal to nocturnal, undergo rapid changes in body mass and fat stores, and cope with repeated cycles of fasting and feeding as they alternate between sustained migratory flights and refuelling stopovers. The genetic and physiological mechanisms underlying such remarkable adaptations remain poorly understood. Studies on small, wild-caught Passerines have unravelled several aspects of migratory physiology. However, they have not allowed to experimentally uncouple the suite of endogenous and environmental factors underlying the dynamics of the migratory state. I will circumvent such limitations by pioneering a novel experimental approach using two closely related, larger avian model species that are better suited for multi-scale investigations of proximate mechanisms and offer a direct comparison between migratory and sedentary individuals.

The key goals of this post-doctoral project are to determine: (i) The physiological mechanisms associated with the activation and deactivation of the migratory state; (ii) Which genes modulate such transition via changes in their expression within key target organ tissues; (iii) Whether endocrine signals trigger the switching of the migratory state.

This project will undertake a novel comparative and integrative approach to reveal completely new insights into the importance of understanding genetic and physiological pathways underlying the dynamics of the migratory state. It will also provide fruitful insights to both poultry science and biomedical research on the importance of nutrition on health and food safety.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Steve Smith, Leonida Fusani, Balint Boglarka, Ines Sanchez-Donoso, Valeria Marasco
Lack of introgression of Japanese quail in a captive population of common quail
published pages: , ISSN: 1612-4642, DOI: 10.1007/s10344-018-1209-7
European Journal of Wildlife Research 64/5 2019-06-13
2017 Valeria Marasco, Antoine Stier, Winnie Boner, Kate Griffiths, Britt Heidinger, Pat Monaghan
Environmental conditions can modulate the links among oxidative stress, age, and longevity
published pages: 100-107, ISSN: 0047-6374, DOI: 10.1016/j.mad.2017.04.012
Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 164 2019-06-13
2019 Nikolaus Huber, Valeria Marasco, Johanna Painer, Sebastian G. Vetter, Frank Göritz, Petra Kaczensky, Chris Walzer
Leukocyte Coping Capacity: An Integrative Parameter for Wildlife Welfare Within Conservation Interventions
published pages: , ISSN: 2297-1769, DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00105
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 6 2019-05-25

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