Animal welfare in fish a major topic

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Dr. Bianka Grunow was habilitated at the University of Greifswald on the subject topic of "The application of the 3R principles (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of animal experiments) in fish research and aquaculture in particular".

In Germany, fish are second only to mice in the statistics on animal experiments. In order to reduce this high number and improve animal welfare, alternative experimental methods are required. In the working group "Fish growth physiology", headed by PD Dr. rer nat. habil. Bianka Grunow, not only adult fish are examined for their well-being in aquaculture farming, but also cell culture systems of economically important fish species and also fish species on the IUCN Red List are produced. Using these cell culture systems, cell physiological changes, e.g. caused by climatic changes (temperature increase, less oxygen availability), can be carried out without the use of animals.

Dr. Bianka Grunow
Email: grunow{at}
Tel.: +49 38208 68-861

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), Fish Growth Physiology Workgroup

University of Greifswald - Postgraduate Degree Ceremonies

PD Dr. Bianka Grunow examines a cell line produced from a sturgeon larva (Acipenser oxyrinchus) under the microscope.