Health, welfare and productivity of livestock are shaped by their ability to adapt. Animals’ ability to adapt to challenging conditions is influenced by genetic background, early-life experiences, and current management. The Adaptation Physiology group focuses on challenges that animals encounter in different stages of their life, and translates that understanding in innovative management solutions to improve adaptation. In this way, our research contributes to sustainable animal husbandry.
ADP is a diverse and international group of researchers, research assistants, and PhDs, actively involved in education and societal debate. Adaptation is studied from various scientific disciplines, including immunology, reproductive physiology, energy metabolism and behavioural biology.
The Adaptation Physiology group is part of graduate school WIAS. Moreover, Adaptation Physiology and three other groups (Animal Nutrition, Animal Production Systems, Aquaculture and Fisheries) together form the cluster ‘Animals in Future Food Systems and Society’.