Final Report aktion project 53p6 Project




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Final Report - AKTION project 53p6
Project: Stress hormones and social dominance in Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus)
Project participants:

Mgr. Martina Konečná, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bernard Wallner, Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna
Financial support approved by Aktion program was used to establish long term cooperation on scientific research between the project partners. Our project was focused on hormonal profiles and behavioral correlates in Barbary macaques living in free-ranging colony in Gibraltar. This project provides unique dataset for Czech and Austrian participants, researchers as well as students, to work on in future using various analytical methods and theoretical approaches. Experience gained during the two years of cooperation benefited both project partners and their institutions.

The first phase of the project (supported by AKTION program 2008, project 50p13) was replicated in the second phase (supported by AKTION program 2009, project 53p6). During this time, Mgr. Martina Konečná and Bc. Veronika Roubová (master student from Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia) collected 900 feacal samples for hormonal analysis from 26 individuals of both sexes in the two seasons. At the same time, behavioral data (700 hours of observation) were collected on the same individuals. The field part of the project was supported by the University of South Bohemia and University of Vienna. During laboratory part of the project, Mgr. Martina Konečná analyzed samples in the laboratory of the University of Vienna under the supervision of Dr. Bernard Wallner. The laboratory expenses were covered by University of Vienna and the University of South Bohemia. The traveling and living expenses in Vienna were covered by the Aktion funding. All the proposed work was accomplished during the stays of the applicant.

The hormonal levels of cortisol and testosterone were measured in collected samples using the enzyme imunoassay (EIA) technique. The main aim of this project was to investigate the relationship between stress hormones and social status. The results differ in the two seasons for males as a consequence of imigration of new males into the study group in the second season. In females the results do not vary across the two seasons. Stress hormone levels did not show clear relationship to the position in dominance hierarchy. However testosterone levels were significantly correlated with rank in females but not in males.

The preliminary results were presented at the 35th meeting of the Czech and Slovak Ethological Society in November 2008 by Martina Konečná with presentation entitled Relationship between social status and hormonal levels in Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) and at the 36th meeting of the Czech and Slovak Ethological Society in November 2009 by Martina Konečná with presentation entitled The secret of alfa male success: Access to females and aggression in Barbary macaque males and by Veronika Roubová with presentation entitled Distribution of grooming in Barbary macaque females: effect of dominance hierarchy.

Two scientific publications for international peer-viewed journals with joint authorship of Czech and Austrian partners are in preparation and the Aktion funding is acknowledged.

Konečná, M., Wallner, B. et al.: Social stress and social hierarchy in females and males Barbary macaques, an egalitarian species.

Konečná, M., Wallner, B. et al.: Influence of maternal hormonal levels during conception on infant sex.

Master thesis of Veronika Roubová entitled: Grooming in Barbary macaque females is scheduled for defense in spring 2010.


Realization of the actions funded by AKTION project 53p6


The funding was used to cover traveling expenses to Vienna and accommodation in Vienna, which are present in details as follows:
Laboratory part of the project 2009

Funding approved in Czech crowns .........................................................2000 CZK

Traveling expenses for applicant

Due to unexpected changes in the laboratory schedule, one stay in Vienna was prolonged and thus the four-day Euroregio train ticket could not be used. Moreover price of this ticket has been also increased by Czech railways.

Only two tickets were funded from Aktion program as a result of this situation. However all 4 stays and number of days have been accomplished as proposed in the original project proposal.

2 train tickets Budweiss-Vienna-Budweiss

(all four visits 3.-6.3.,16.3.-19.3,15.6.-19.6, 22.6 - 24.6.)

Euroregio ticket 563 CZK

Common ticket 1366 CZK

total..................................................................................................1929 CZK

office material...............................................................................................71 CZK

Rest of the sum was used for office material (after consultation with DZS)

Funding approved in EURO........................................................................ 1440 Euro

Living expenses for applicant in Vienna during laboratory analyses

4 stays in Vienna (90 Euro per day, 16 days)...................................1440 Euro

(3.-6.3., 16.3.-19.3, 15.6.-19.6, 22.6 - 24.6.)



Two of the four stays were realized in March and two in June, all the proposed work was accomplished.


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