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A new fish on the block: Japanese medaka in toxicology studies

Posted by G. Smit on Sep 11, 2015

By now, we are all familiar with the zebrafish as a model species. It has many advantages over rodent models and thus has complemented and/or replaced many studies that use the traditional mouse or rat. But today, let’s talk about another fish: the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes). It has much in common with the zebrafish, such as external embryogenesis and transparency in early life stages, and genetically speaking is also complementary to zebrafish (see Porazinski et al., 2011).

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, ecotoxicology, medaka

Tracking tadpoles – why video tracking is important in ecotoxicology

Posted by G. Smit on Oct 29, 2012

The study of behavior has proven itself to be useful in the context of ecotoxicology; the assessment of the impact of pesticides on ecology systems. It is a valuable tool in the risk assessment, beyond the level of just determining mortality rates.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, animal behavior research, tadpoles, ecotoxicology

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