|Research area||Unravelling the fundamentals of glucocorticoid actions across vertebrates|
|Research topic||Individual variation in stress response|
|Species||Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)|
The research goal is to investigate whether individual pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) kept in the same well-defined management system are differing in hair cortisol level as biomarker for chronic stress. Hair is easy and non-invasive to sample and hence it is possible to evaluate the stress level and more broader the animal welfare over an extended period of time in an objective, animal-friendly but also logistically and financially feasible way on a large scale.
Keywords: husbandry, pig, stress, cortisol, hair
Ghent University, Belgium (Aerts J)
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium (Aerts J, Ampe B, Sonck B)
None at present