Biotechnologies Applied to Wildlife Reproduction

Course unit title:

Biotechnologies Applied to Wildlife Reproduction

Degree in:

Master Course in Wildlife Management, Conservation, and Control (WMCC)







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Learning outcomes of the course unit:

This course  aim to give to the students an overview of reproductive biotechnologies  as tools for  saving and maintaining endangered species and to facilitate the development of programs  of  fertility preservation  The application of these biotechnologies  are also  tightly related to biobanking. The course will be provide to the students un update information’s of fundamental mechanism that are related to the specie biology as well a large picture of the new reproductive technologies that are currently available. The students will be also involved in some hands on activities which will be range from collections of biological samples, gametes evaluation and biobanking procedures. Finally the students should be acquire the bases to interact proficiently with other professional figures involved in the wild management as reproductive technologists, zoo biologists and conservationists) adopting parallel efforts to sustain wild populations and habitat

Course contents:

The lessons will be focused on the application of reproductive technologies in wild animals. The specific topics will be:

-Animals sources and technique for biological material collection (live and dead animals)

-Ovarian control for germoplasma recovery

-In vitro technologies:

-Oocyte collection, in vitro maturation and follicular culture

-Ovarian tissue collection

-Semen collection, evaluation and manipulation

-Testicular tissue collection and manipulation

-Embryo collection and transfer

-Storage of biological samples: from base knowledge to applied techniques

-Organization of bio-bank

-Cells, tissue  and germoplasma manipulation

-Cryopreservation (gametes, embryos, cells and tissue)

-Control of population by fertility or contraception methods




Hands-on lectures will be deal every day in the computer room.

Recommended or require reading and course materials:

For R see, where also a wide span of contributed documentations can be found.

Other books and tutorials will be suggested during the course.


Mode of delivery:

Frontal lesson and practical lesson in groups

Teaching methods:

Tutorials, exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria:

Students will be graded based on written exam. The exam will take place on the days immediately after the course and last a maximum of 2 hours.