Research Facility 'Carus'

Carus (Latin for ‘caring’) is the name of the research facility of the Department of Animal Sciences, part of Wageningen University. The primary focus of Carus is to assist researchers and students in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal research in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

Carus is suitable for fundamental research, is small-scaled and high-tech, operates within a specialized research-orientated segment of the market and is thus very unique. The facility provides high-tech research equipment such as climate respiration chambers, high speed cameras and adaptable rooms, as well as providing accommodation for a wide range of animals (from fish to companion animals to cows).

Climate Respiration Chambers

Climate respiration chambers Carus

Carus contains ten climate respiration chambers ranging in size from 0.3 to nearly 100 m3. This unique facility can be used for research on energy metabolism (indirect calorimetry), nutrition and digestion, gas emission (CO2, 13CO2, NH3, CH4, etc.) and climate change for both individually and group housed animals for numerous species (cow, pig, goat, sheep, horse, chicken).

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The four most recently built chambers have a surface of ​​nearly 50 m2 each and are highly flexible through movable airtight wall parts, which enable each chamber to be compartmentalized into several airtight spaces.

Incoming and outgoing air flows can be accurately analysed for various gases as well as ventilation volume, and measurements meet a high traceable standard. This high level of flexibility and accuracy allows researchers to meet the challenges of contemporary research.

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Aquatic Research Facility

Aquatic research facility Carus

The Aquatic Research Facility of Carus is one of the best fish facilities in all of Europe. It accommodates a broad spectrum of research in the aquatic environment, from fresh to salt and from warm to cold waters. Research fields include: fish feeding, welfare and recirculation systems (water treatment), and main research interests are feed digestion and water pollution.

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Unique within this facility are the aquatic respiration chambers, which provide the opportunity to perform continuous measurements and determine the metabolism of a group of fish. For research purposes and for external parties, several lines of carp and zebrafish are maintained with specific genetic characteristics at the facility.

Although emphasis is on research with fish, research is not limited to this area, as respiration studies are also performed on corals and we have experience with organisms such as sepia, seahorses, pipefish, sea urchins, etc. and also aquatic plants, periphyton and algae production.

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Behaviour Observation Rooms

Behaviour observation rooms Carus

Carus contains soundproof behavioural observation areas, fitted with audio and video devices. Behavioural studies of both production animals and companion animals can be performed.

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Examples of behavioural studies that are conducted at the behaviour observation rooms are:

Companion animal behavioural studies by the Behavioural Ecology Group

Applied animal behavioural studies by the Behavioural Ecology Group

Behavioural physiology studies by the Adaptation Physiology Group

Feed Processing Centre

Feed processing centre carus

The Wageningen Feed Processing Centre (WFPC) is assisting industry with the rapidly increasing demand for research and advice in animal feed science and technology.

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The facility provides researches and industry with a unique ‘pilot plant’, available for experiments and research on animal feed science and process development, particularly useful in the fields of product quality, product improvement and GMP/HACCP.

Additional related processes and laboratory services are offered to provide for individual performance needs.

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