Alternative tests

Alternative tests

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research does research aimed at finding alternatives for research with laboratory animals.

Botulism, for example

Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulism is a rapid onset, usually fatal disease that can cause paralytic symptoms in livestock, waterfowl and birds, which may lead to death.

Traditionally, mice are used to test for botulism. Research by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research together with European partners in this area has led to the development of an alternative test for diagnosing botulism.

The number of mice used in tests for botulism has thus decreased by as much as 90%.