Special Issue "Animal Behavior in Intensive Culture Environment"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Tamás Molnár
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Institue of Aquaculture and Environmental Safety, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Gödöllő, Hungary
Interests: aquaculture; animal behaviour; behavioural genetics; population genetics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue on “Animal Behavior in Intensive Culture Environment” in the Applied Sciences journal. The growing demand for animal products has changed the production environment in recent decades. However, technological pressure often does not consider the natural behavior of animals, which poses problems from both the production and the animal welfare side. Thus, the aim of this Special Issue is to collect alterations in animal behavior concerning the technological factors that cause them and the possibilities for resolving their conflict.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not be limited to) the following: aquatic or terrestrial animal behavior, animal personality, genetic selection, social stress, heat tolerance, human–animal interaction, aggression, and reproductive behavior.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Tamás Molnár
Guest Editor

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Observing Brief and Irregular Behaviour of Animals—The Validity of Short Observation Periods
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(20), 9770; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11209770 - 19 Oct 2021
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There are efficient sampling methods to accurately estimate behaviour with a moderate or long duration. For short behaviour, observing animals continuously is recommended although there is no recommended minimum observation time. In most studies, sampling method and observation time per day is determined [...] Read more.
There are efficient sampling methods to accurately estimate behaviour with a moderate or long duration. For short behaviour, observing animals continuously is recommended although there is no recommended minimum observation time. In most studies, sampling method and observation time per day is determined by practical considerations. Thus, this study analysed the validity of behavioural observations in different observation periods using continuous sampling (CS) or time sampling (TS) based on biting behaviour. Tail-biting and ear-biting of weaned piglets in six pens were continuously observed for 12 h per day for 4 days to form a reference. Shorter observation periods of CS and TS were simulated by taking subsets of this reference. The amount of behaviour per hour of each observation period was compared to the reference and to other observation period of the same kind and length. Four different measurements were defined to calculate accuracy scores (AS; 0–1; higher values are better). Comparison to the reference shows better AS for observation periods with longer observation time in total (0.5 h of CS: 0.2; 6 h of CS: 0.6). Additionally, TS covers longer time periods without decreasing AS. However, focus on activity time results in an overestimation of irregular behaviour. Comparing AS among observation periods of the same kind and length show overall low agreement. This study indicated problems of different observation periods of CS and TS to accurately estimate behaviour. Therefore, validity of behavioural observations should be analysed in greater detail to determine optimal sampling methods. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Behavior in Intensive Culture Environment)
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