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A hormone-related female anti-aphrodisiac signals temporary infertility and causes sexual abstinence to synchronize parental care

Engel, Katharina C. ; Stökl, Johannes ; Schweizer, Rebecca ; Vogel, Heiko ; Ayasse, Manfred ; Ruther, Joachim ; Steiger, Sandra



Abstract

The high energetic demand of parental care requires parents to direct their resources towards the support of existing offspring rather than investing into the production of additional young. However, how such a resource flow is channelled appropriately is poorly understood. In this study, we provide the first comprehensive analysis of the physiological mechanisms coordinating parental and mating ...

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