Non-invasive monitoring of hormones
Successful captive breeding programmes of wildlife require knowledge on the reproductive and stress physiology of managed species, and the ability to track gonadal and adrenal activity via hormones is a key to optimising health and reproduction. During the last decades, non-invasive measurements of hormone metabolites in faeces and urine have become widely applied and are used to investigate hormone-behaviour relationships as well as questions in the fields of reproduction, animal welfare, animal husbandry, ecology and conservation biology. The endocrinology laboratory of the IZW provides services for the non-invasive monitoring of hormones. We offer to analyse progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, cortisol, corticosterone, prostaglandin F2α-metabolite (PGFM) in blood, and their metabolites in urine and faeces, reflecting male and female reproductive and adrenocortical activity (stress).
The IZW endocrinology laboratory has long-standing experience in the analysis of samples from a wide range of different mammal and bird species.
PD Dr. Martin Dehnhard
Phone: 0049 (0)30 5168 615