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Volume 17 - Issue 2  (22 June 2017)

 
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News about innovative solutions
for Animal Behavior Research

Our Behavioral Research Blog has been updated! Within the new, fresh, and modern design, we highlight interesting behavioral research, trends, and events. Also guest bloggers tell us all about their studies in an easy-to-read way. Blogposts are sorted and easy to find through labels such as 'optogenetics', 'gait', 'zebrafish', etc. We invite you to take a moment of your time to discover our renewed behavioral research blog. If you're interested in sharing the research you're conducting, or other relevant news, please submit a blogpost yourself!

Happy reading!


Jacqueline Martinali,
Editor

EthoVision XT 13.0

Automated video tracking takes the guesswork out of behavioral observations.... but sometimes you need more! The new EthoVision XT allows you to annotate any behavior you’d like with the fully functional, built-in Manual Event Recorder. You can compile a list of behaviors of interest - point events, or events with a duration - and score these during live or offline acquisition, in real-time or at a lower speed. You can also edit these scored events, and even use them for trial and hardware control.

There’s more to the new EthoVision XT. Curious? Find out more on our website.

 

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UltraVox XT new microphone

UltraVox XT analyzes sound, including ultrasonic vocalizations made by rodents. The recently released UltraVox 3.2 now supports the Pettersson M500-384 ultrasonic microphone. This compact, plug-and-play USB ultrasound microphone covers a frequency range of up to 384 kHz, and registers calls up to 160 kHz. For even greater flexibility, you can connect up to four microphones to one UltraVox XT setup.
 

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Meet Lucas Noldus

Lucas Noldus is the founder and managing director of Noldus Information Technology. With a Ph.D. in animal behavior, he developed the first version of what later became The Observer observational software. This tool attracted attention from researchers and triggered the start of the company in 1989.

Get to know him in this video and get a peek into our company's history!!

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Call for Symposia & Workshops

After a successful first stint abroad, we are happy to announce that Measuring Behavior 2018 will be hosted in Manchester, United Kingdom. From 6-8 June 2018 the Metropolitan University will be the stage for the latest inventions, prototypes, and techniques in behavioral research.
The Scientific Program Committee now invites you to submit Symposia & Workshops proposals. If you are interested in organizing a session around a specific topic, or would like to host an interactive discussion on novel topics in Measuring Behavior, please send us an outline at [email protected] 


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Young poo makes fish live longer

African turquoise killifish were the subjects of a study at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (Germany). The researchers compared the gut flora of 6-week-old fish (the youngsters) to that of 16-week-old fish (the oldies), and found that microbial composition was significantly different, with older fish having a great reduction in gut bacterial richness, and a higher prevalence of potentially pathogenic bacteria. To test the effect of microbial gut composition on the aging process, the researchers made middle-aged fish (9.5 weeks) eat young fish poo. They found that not only did this make the fish live longer, it also increased their exploratory behavior. What does this mean? Read on to find out more!
 

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TemPlant

TemPlant is an innovative system for automated and accurate wireless body temperature and activity monitoring. It is suitable for biomedical studies and research with individually or socially housed farm animals. Key features of TemPlant include its high measurement accuracy (0.1 °C), long transmission range (up to 20 m) and long battery life (multiple years). Applications of TemPlant include health and welfare monitoring, early disease warning, infectious disease studies, drug and vaccine testing. Why use TemPlant? Visit our website to find out!

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Zebrafish in Budapest 

Interested in zebrafish research? Visit us at the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, between 3-7 July. The meeting will cover a large range of topics on zebrafish and other teleost species, from aquaculture to tissue dynamics, from the study of early organogenesis to the application of fish in chemical biology. Noldus representatives Ruud Tegelenbosch and Marjolein Kops will be attending this conference. 

Read three blog post about zebrafish behavior research on our behavioral research blog to learn more.

  

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PhenoTyper and optogenetics: new animation

Optogenetics is currently one of the most invaluable techniques in neuroscience research to investigate the brain-behavior relationship. The Noldus PhenoTyper offers a perfect and fully integrated system for optogenetic control in freely moving rodents. Combined with EthoVision XT video tracking, this offers great opportunities for objective and effecient research. Watch this animation for a short explaination.

 

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Dataset RatSI available

Noldus plays an active role in research and collaboration projects around the world. Often these result in concepts or prototypes of new tools for behavioral research that will benefit the research community in future. The Rat Social Interaction (RatSI) dataset comprises 9 fully annotated videos of two rats interacting socially in a 90x90cm Noldus PhenoTyper™ 9000 cage without bedding and accessories. We provide both tracking data and frame-by-frame annotations that were scored by an expert in rat behavior.
The RatSI dataset is available to other scientists. Fill in the form to request the data.

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