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Incorporation rate of corticosterone in feathers of domestic pigeons (Columba livia domestica)

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Project code 122
Acronym FCORT
Role Co-coordinator
Research area Unravelling the fundamentals of glucocorticoid actions across vertebrates
Research topic Mechanism(s) of glucocorticoid incorporation
Vertebrate Bird
Species Domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica)


The research goal is providing a detailed view on the incorporation rate of corticosterone in the feather of domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) to further vaildate the use of feather corticosterone in research regarding the influence of anthropogenic activity on wildlife. Hereby, molecular data are correlated to feather corticosterone levels quantified by ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS).


Keywords: wildlife, bird, stress, corticosterone, feather

Funding: Internal

Status: On-going


Ghent University, Belgium (Aerts J, Antonissen G, Briels N, Lens L, Martel A, Strubbe D)

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium (Aerts J)


None at present

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