New technology to investigate Antarctic penguins without disturbance

Fourth lecture in the IUBS webinar series to commemorate the completion of 100 years of the union.

Chinstrap penguins on Two Hummock Island off the Antarctic Peninsula

To commemorate the completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, ISC Member the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) has launched a webinar series.The fourth lecture in this series is by Yvon Le Maho, emeritus Director of Research CNRS at the University of Strasbourg and Monaco Scientific Centre. Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary of the European Polar Board will be moderating the session.

Yvon Le Maho, a well known ecophysiologist, has pioneered RadioFrequencyIDentification and robotics to investigate penguins in their natural environment, while minimising human disturbance in fieldwork and therefore avoiding subsequent scientific biases. Among those physiological mechanisms that were discovered by his team, a major finding is the demonstration that male king penguins are able to preserve food for 2-3 weeks at 37°C in their stomach, which allows them to feed the newly hatched chick if the female has been delayed. An antibiotic molecule is involved, which appears of biomedical interest. Yvon Le Maho is author/coauthor of more than 300 scientific papers, including 12 in Nature magazine and specialised Nature journals.

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