DOI: 10.1101/517201Jan 18, 2019Paper

Survival of adult barn owls is linked to corticosterone levels

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Paul BéziersB Almasi

Abstract

Glucocorticoid hormones, such as corticosterone, are fundamental in the translation of external stimuli into physiological adjustments that promote the survival of an organism in face of changes in its environment. At baseline levels, corticosterone is crucial in regulating daily life metabolism and energy expenditure, whereas the acute corticosterone response promotes short-term physiological and behavioral responses to unpredictable environmental challenges. Given their different physiological effects and their role in mediating fitness components, it is still unclear whether and how inter-individual variation in baseline corticosterone levels and acute stress-response levels can affect the survival of organisms. We used 13 years of capture-recapture and dead recovery data combined with 11 years of corticosterone measurements taken on breeding barn owls (Tyto alba) to investigate how survival probability varies in relation to baseline and stress-induced corticosterone levels. Our study shows that males with a higher level of both baseline and stress-induced corticosterone levels have a higher probability of surviving than individuals with lower corticosterone levels. In females, survival probability was higher in individuals ...Continue Reading

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