• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
CIBIO-InBIO REVEALS SECRETS OF CAMOUFLAGE IN SNOWSHOE HARES WHICH MAY IMPACT ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Study co-authored by CIBIO-InBIO researchers, which reveals the evolution of seasonal camouflage in snowshoe hares, has been attracting media attention.
 

In a paper recently published by the scientific journal Science, an international team that includes CIBIO-InBIO researchers José Melo-Ferreira and Paulo Célio Alves shows that the regulation of a single pigmentation gene is responsible for variation in winter coat color in snowshoe hares. In some snowshoe hares populations, the incorporation of genetic variants of another hare species cause the development of brown winter coats instead of white, in an adaptation to habitats with less snow.


The research, which has been highlighted by the media, suggests that this genetic information may have implications for the species’ ability to survive climate change.

 

 

To know more about this topic, please follow the links below:
How snowshoe hares evolved to stay seasonally camouflaged” | Science Daily | June 21, 2018
CIBIO-InBio revela segredos da adaptação das lebres às alterações climáticas” | Notícias UP | June 23, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)

 

To read the national press release for this study, please click here.

To access the original article, please click here.

Posted in 2018-06-25