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No evidence of an MHC-based female mating preference in great reed warblers

Westerdahl, Helena LU (2004) In Molecular Ecology 13(8). p.2465-2470
Abstract
Female mate-choice based on genetic compatibility is an area of growing interest. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes are likely candidates for such mate-choice since these highly polymorphic genes may both increase offspring viability and also provide direct cues for mate-choice. In great reed warblers, females actively choose a breeding partner out of a handful of males that they visit and evaluate; thus, female preference for compatible or heterozygous MHC genes could have evolved. Here, I investigate whether great reed warbler females preferentially mate with males with dissimilar MHC class I alleles or with males that are heterozygous at MHC class I. Despite favourable conditions, a thorough screening method and a large... (More)
Female mate-choice based on genetic compatibility is an area of growing interest. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes are likely candidates for such mate-choice since these highly polymorphic genes may both increase offspring viability and also provide direct cues for mate-choice. In great reed warblers, females actively choose a breeding partner out of a handful of males that they visit and evaluate; thus, female preference for compatible or heterozygous MHC genes could have evolved. Here, I investigate whether great reed warbler females preferentially mate with males with dissimilar MHC class I alleles or with males that are heterozygous at MHC class I. Despite favourable conditions, a thorough screening method and a large sample size, there was no evidence of an MHC-based female mating preference based on either genetic compatibility or heterozygosity in this population. Power analyses of the data sets revealed that relatively small differences (15% and 8%, respectively) between true and random pairs should have been detected. (Less)
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  author       = {Westerdahl, Helena},
  issn         = {0962-1083},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {2465--2470},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Molecular Ecology},
  title        = {No evidence of an MHC-based female mating preference in great reed warblers},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2004.02238.x},
  volume       = {13},
  year         = {2004},
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