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Randy J. Nelson, David L. Denlinger, and David E. Somers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335903.001.0001

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Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Avian Photoperiodism

Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Avian Photoperiodism

(p.446) 18 Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Avian Photoperiodism

Takashi Yoshimura

Peter J. Sharp

Oxford University Press

Many birds have highly sophisticated photoperiodic mechanisms and show robust responses to changing photoperiod. William Rowan is generally credited with the first demonstration of the avian photoperiodic response when he photostimulated dark eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis) during the Canadian winter and observed stimulation of testicular growth. The application of molecular biological techniques to understanding the mechanisms controlling the avian photoperiodic response continue Rowan's pioneering tradition of using birds to study vertebrate photoperiodism. This chapter focuses on current understanding of genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the avian photoperiodic response.

Keywords:   photoperiodism, birds, molecular mechanisms, genetic mechanisms, photoperiodic response

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