Strategies for dolphin conservation

Assisted reproductive technologies are useful tools for the treatment of fertility disorders in humans and for enhancing reproductive performance in livestock. However, another recent and important application of assisted reproductive technologies entails the creation of genetic resource banks for the preservation of endangered species. In this sense, zoo animals represent a valuable resource for the development of assisted reproductive technologies that might be also applied to other closely related and endangered species.
In this study, Dr. José Luis Ros-Santaella and Dr. Eliana Pintus from FAPPZ cooperated with several Spanish research institutions led by the University of Murcia and the Avanqua-Oceanografic of Valencia. The study investigates the optimal conditions for the preservation of semen from bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and it has been published on Animal Reproduction Science.

Authors:

Eliana Pintus Ph.D., Jose Luis Ros-Santaella, Ph.D.

Effect of temperature and cell concentration on dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) spermatozoa quality evaluated at different days of refrigeration.

RUIZ-DÍAZ, S., C. LUONGO, M.C. FUENTES-ALBERO, et al. Effect of temperature and cell concentration on dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) spermatozoa quality evaluated at different days of refrigeration. Animal Reproduction Science [online]. 2020, 212 [cit. 2020-11-19]. ISSN 03784320. Dostupné z: doi:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2019.106248

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378432019305494

 

Eliana Pintus Phd.

Was awarded a degree in veterinary medicine and a doctoral degree in animal reproduction by the University of Sassari (Italy). She was also awarded a master degree in ethology by the University of Córdoba (Spain). She is currently working as an assistant professor at FAPPZ. Her research interests are focused on male reproduction and the role of oxidative stress on sperm function. She has been working on the reproductive biology of ungulates and felids.

Jose Luis Ros-Santaella, Ph.D.

Was awarded a degree in biology by the University of Granada (Spain) and a doctoral degree in animal reproduction by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). He is currently working as an assistant professor at FAPPZ. His main research line is focused on the physiology of spermatozoa from wildlife and livestock with special emphasis on their morphology and the use of natural antioxidants for semen preservation. Formerly, his research line was focused on the biology of arthropods.

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