Effect of maternal breeding age on offspring longevity
It is known that in many animals, advanced maternal age is associated with reduced offspring longevity. How and when this occurs is poorly understood and the magnitude of such effects might depend on environmental circumstances. The EU-funded InterAge project examines potential mechanisms that may be involved, with a focus on maternal age effects on mitochondrial function and telomere loss. Physiological process, frailty and ageing rates under different early life conditions will be examined. The work will be done using egg laying birds in which it is easier to examine effects across the life course. Results have important implications for our understanding of reproductive and ageing biology.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
G12 8QQ Glasgow
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