Dr. Isabelle Castro

Interested in animal welfare and behaviour, I investigated during my PhD the influence of different winter housing conditions on social behaviour of cows of the Hérens breed. These cows are famous for their fighting and dominance abilities that are exacerbated.
Currently, I am interested in some aspects of population management of indigenous wildlife vertebrates and I am examining the effects of some drug residuals in the water on the development of brown trout (Salmo trutta) embryos. For that, I am rearing eggs of known parental combinations under laboratory conditions in “controlled polluted water” that allows me to study not only the effects of a single drug, but also the interactions of two drugs with similar effects. I am also investigating the parental contributions to the resistance/sensitivity of the embryos towards a given substance / mixed of substances.

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