Experimental Physiology Rooms - deep phenotyping in farmed animals using the stable isotope tracer and nutrient analysis labs
Presently, partner of the EU-Projekt „SmartCow: an integrated infrastructure for increased research capability and innovation in the European cattle sector (2018-2021)"
The Experimental Physiology Rooms are integrated in the Animal Technical Center (Tiertechnikum) of the FBN and allow performing nutritional and metabolic studies (deep phenotyping) in pigs, cattle and small ruminants with individual measurements of feed and water intake in a climatized environment.
The facility entails four rooms:
Rooms 1, 2 and 3 can be climatized between 15 to 25 °C with 35-80% relative humidity, whereas in Room 4 the ambient temperature can be controlled between 4–28 °C (without humidity control).
All rooms allow the performance of
Plasma, saliva, milk, breath, urine and fecal samples can be measured in our in-house chromatographic and mass spectrometric laboratories featuring
Based on our extensive expertise of metabolic and nutritional testing specific protocols to test in vivo functional physiological features in farmed animals and mice are available. Experts analyze samples collected in the FBN Experimental Physiology Rooms or samples collected externally.
Animal study protocols are approved by the relevant Animal Care Committee, and conform to the German Animal Protection Law and the DIRECTIVE 2010/63/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. We aim to reduce animal experiments and apply the 3Rs principle (replacement; reduction; refinement).
Note: The laboratory analyses can be done also on samples collected in experiments in the Respiration Chambers.