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Tempests, Poxes, Predators, and PeopleStress in Wild Animals and How They Cope$
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L.Michael Romero and John C. Wingfield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366693.001.0001

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Development, Environmental, and Maternal Effects

Development, Environmental, and Maternal Effects

(p.447) 11 Development, Environmental, and Maternal Effects
Tempests, Poxes, Predators, and People

L. Michael Romero

John C. Wingfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the mechanisms involved in the environmental and maternal effects on the ability of offspring to cope with environmental perturbations. Specifically, much of this chapter is devoted to how corticosteroids can alter developmental trajectories, and how they can help mediate the transitions between different life-history stages. Corticosteroids thus alter the ultimate phenotype of the individual, presumably by serving as the direct intermediary of how the environment interacts with the genome. Corticosteroids, therefore, are major players in phenotypic engineering, or the process of adjusting phenotypes to match the environment.

Keywords:   maternal effects, environment, developmental trajectory, corticosteroids, phenotypic engineering

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