Area 3 (‘Society’): Improve on-farm practices to enhance consumer acceptability and address societal challenges associated with animal welfare, product quality and safety, biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services
Our group offers to provide projects with morphological profilings of each organ of different animals (i.e. cattle, ruminates, porcine, horses, rabbits, birds) and their individual breeds. We are experts of histological, pathohistological and histochemical tissue and cell analysis. Our expertise comprises also immuno- and glycohistochemistry, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, immuno-electron microscopy, histomorphometry, image analysis and multi-color fluorescence microscopy. We could provide the complete histological procedure to the final documentation, evaluation, interpretation of the morphology and ultrastructure of cells, tissues and organs in a standardized and coordinated way. The results of our investigations could display the animal health and resilience condition i.e. of different animal breeds or of animals from several husbandry types. We could also display the pathway of nanoparticles trough the vessel wall resp. host-bacteria interactions in a morphological way.
The focus of the Veterinär-Anatomie, Histologie und Embryologie is placed on morphofunctional investigations of various organs, including the vascular system and vasculogenesis/angiogenesis in different species (human, porcine, bovine, murine, canine) in situ and in vitro. Thereby, a broad panel of methods is applied involving different histological techniques like glycohistochemistry, immunohistochemistry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and immuno-electron microscopy. To preserve the delicate three-dimensional cellular structures for electron microscopy, modified processing techniques for both transmission and scanning electron microscopy together with micro-corrosion casting of cultured cells were established. In cooperation projects, the uptake of nano-particles has been studied and modern imaging has been used in animal models. Counting, measuring, analyzing by histomorphometry and generating quantitative data from microscopy images is routinely applied.