Table 2

Schedule of experimental steps and faecal sampling during each experimental run
Experimental day Experimental steps Faecal sampling
0 voles paired in laboratory
3 males removed
12 pregnant females released into enclosures for habituation
15 treatment animals (NP, RC, C) added to enclosures b: baseline, prior to the experiment
18 females equipped with radio tags I: sample under treatment conditions, prior to parturition
19-21 parturition, nest site identification by radio telemetry
22-24 detection of nest entrances by fogging, activity measurements by automatic transponder reading antennas
24 burrow characteristics and offspring parameter II: sample under treatment, with nestlings

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Liesenjohann et al. BMC Ecology 2013 13:33   doi:10.1186/1472-6785-13-33

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