Welcome to the Animal Physiology Group!
Physiology is the knowledge of nature, the science of the naturally occurring body functions. These range from the level of the individual cell, with its attendant cell compartments and organelles in the order of a few femtogram (10 -15 g) up to an entire organism with a weight of several tons in various mammals (10 6 g). Within the body, the various organs accomplish different and very specialized tasks. Sometimes cells act alone, but mostly they interact with other cells of a tissue network, and with other organs, with whom they communicate. The science of physiology describes these tasks and explains their interplay. This is important as a baseline to comprehend how the nutrition partitioning is accomplished and how it may be directed towards the production of high quality foodstuff. It is also relevant to understand which requirements animals have towards their environment.
The research addresses challenges at the very beginning of the animal food production chain and including an epigenetic perspective on embryo development. Understanding metabolic partitioning for efficient foodstuff production is of utmost importance as livestock significantly and increasingly contributes to worldwide food security, but as well to environmental problems.