De novo assembly of the dual transcriptomes of a polymorphic raptor species and its malarial parasite.

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Studies of non-model species are important for understanding the molecular processes underpinning phenotypic variation under natural ecological conditions. The common buzzard (Buteo buteo; Aves: Accipitriformes) is a widespread and common Eurasian raptor with three distinct plumage morphs that differ in several fitness-related traits, including parasite infestation. To provide a genomic resource for plumage polymorphic birds in general and to search for candidate genes relating to fitness, we generated a transcriptome from a single dead buzzard specimen plus easily accessible, minimally invasive samples from live chicks.


  • Martina Pauli
  • Nayden Chakarov
  • Oliver Rupp
  • Jörn Kalinowski
  • Alexander Goesmann
  • Michael D Sorenson
  • Oliver Krüger
  • Joseph Ivan Hoffman
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  • Genetics
Original languageEnglish
Article number1038
JournalBMC Genomics
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch