[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140104454]
Researchers Prof Mats Olsson; Dr Simon de Graaf; Dr Michael Tobler;
Brief description This project will integrate telomeres, free radicals and sperm biology into a coherent research program on the roles of free radicals in eroding telomeres and dictating: success in sperm competition and cryptic female choice; longevity and life time fitness in the wild; and, transgenerational effects on offspring viability, in particular mediated via paternal telomere length. Specifically, the project researches how sperm telomere length in sires shorten under stress and how this epigenetic effect is transferred from sires to sons and potentially moderates also filial success in sperm competition and attractiveness in cryptic female choice.
Funding Amount 621094
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects