Fish Growth Physiology Workgroup

Skeletal Muscle Development in Fish

The main goal of our working group is to implement the 3Rs (Replace, Reduce and Refine of animal experiments) in fish research and aquaculture. In this way, we want to combine ethical and economic aspects for a future-oriented approach to fish.

In our working group, we have established three main fields. In the first area, we analyse the fillet of adult fish, as the quality allows conclusions to be drawn about the well-being of the animals and to ensure high product quality at the aquaculture location of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In the second area, we investigate the growth of fish larvae in order to find disturbing factors and thus improve the survival rate during rearing. In the third area, we deal with cell culture systems of fish in order to use them as model systems instead of animals. For this reason, our goal is to establish new cell lines of economically important fish species and of fish that are classified as endangered in the IUCN Red List.

Our research group will investigate the following questions using cell biological, histological, molecular biological and physico-chemical methods:

  • Fish flesh quality: Establishment of sensory, physico-chemical and chemical measurement techniques for the supervision and the comparison of fish fillet in local fish species.ät-bei-Fischen/)
  • Improving the meat quality of pikeperch in domestic aquaculture.
  • Development of fish larvae: Analysis of similarities and differences in the development of evolutionarily different fish species in aquaculture. Analysis of factors influencing changes in growth during embryonic-larval transgression of the pikeperch (Sander lucioperca)
  • Use of automatic video analysis for monitoring and research of fish in aquaculture
  • Establishment of cell cultures from fish tissue e.g. for the investigation of the effects of climate change on cell physiology

Such knowledge serves as basis for fish culture and could be used as a prognosis for analysing the effects on fish growth caused by stress e.g. non optimal aquaculture conditions.



Dr. rer. med. Philipp Lutze
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
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E-Mail +49 3834 86-8131
Dr. agr. Katrin Tönißen
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
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E-Mail +49 38208 68-886

Supervised Doctoral Candidates

Dr. rer. nat. George Philipp Franz
Institute of Muscle Biology and Growth
+49 38208 68-888 | E-Mail
E-Mail +49 38208 68-888