Zebrafish are an important model species used in a wide variety of experimental contexts. The aim of this study was to develop a monitoring tool that could gauge the welfare status of zebrafish based upon their behaviour. The FBI represents a major step forward in refining zebrafish experiments.
The tool, the FBI, is free to download and can be used conditional upon citing the following in all outputs:
Deakin, A.G., Buckley J., AlZu'bi, H.S., Cossins, A.R., Spencer, J.W., Al-Nuaimy, W., Young, I.S. Thomson, J.S. & Sneddon, L.U. 2019 Automated monitoring of behaviour in zebrafish after invasive procedures. Scientific Reports Read paper
The FBI is unsupported but informal enquires can be addressed to the Principal Investigator, Dr Lynne Sneddon
Relevant published studies
Deakin, A.G., Cossins, A.R., Spencer, J.W., Young, I.S. & Sneddon, L.U. 2019 Welfare challenges influence the complexity of movement: Fractal analysis of behaviour in zebrafish. Fishes, 4, 8. Read paper
White, L. J., Thomson, J. S., Pounder, K. C., Coleman R. C. and. Sneddon, L. U. 2017 The impact of social context on behaviour and the recovery from welfare challenges in zebrafish, Danio rerio. Animal Behaviour 132, 189-199. (article, news coverage)
Access the Fish Behaviour Index
Please click here to access the Fish Behaviour Index. On completion of a short form, you will be able to access the Figshare Zebrafish Tracking and Analysis software and its source code.