The Zebra Finch : the ultimate Australian supermodel

Griffith, Simon C. and Buchanan, Katherine L. 2010, The Zebra Finch : the ultimate Australian supermodel, Emu, vol. 110, no. 3, pp. v-xii.

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Title The Zebra Finch : the ultimate Australian supermodel
Author(s) Griffith, Simon C.
Buchanan, Katherine L.ORCID iD for Buchanan, Katherine L.
Journal name Emu
Volume number 110
Issue number 3
Start page v
End page xii
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 0158-4197
Summary Today, the Zebra Finch is Australia’s most studied bird and the focus of intensive multi-million dollar research projects throughout the world. Here we briefly summarise the history of the Zebra Finch in science and document the way in which studies of this species have proliferated and dominated a number of quite different fields within the biological sciences. The importance of the Zebra Finch is likely to increase still further after the recent publication of its genome sequence – only the second bird to be the focus of such an intensive research effort – and providing an amazing resource for understanding this species and genome evolution more generally. Finally, we highlight the contribution made by the late Richard Zann with his studies of the ecology, physiology and behaviour of the wild Zebra Finch and his tremendous enthusiasm for the species. Richard would have welcomed the status that the Zebra Finch currently enjoys in science, and looked forward to the many exciting research opportunities that this supermodel species will continue to provide in the future.
Language eng
Field of Research 060399 Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Copyright notice ©2010, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
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