Brody Environmental Center
The Corner Stone
There is no center in the world that matches the BEC in capability for the study of environmental stress in domestic animals. The Climatology Chambers are focus sites for researchers who require state-of-the-art climate control to evaluate animal health and performance.
The Climatology Chambers have the ability to facilitate all species of animals. Cattle and swine are regularly housed in the chambers. However, equipment for poultry and sheep is available.
Click on the thumbnails to see an enlarged picture of the various chamber setups
Studies in the Climatology Chambers are expanded by the recent use of biosensors and radiotelemetry. Animal monitoring systems that use these state-of-the-art technologies are rapidly becoming cost effective, and expand development of comfort systems and management strategies to improve animal health and well-being.
The transmitters for the rodents are the size of a dime. The signals are picked up by an antennae that the animal's cage rests on.
This improvement decreases reliance on antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, and ultimately maintains the supply of a high quality, safe and secure food supply for the global consumer.
Research in the BEC utilizes combined, interdisciplinary expertise from interrelated areas, including physiology (environmental and reproductive), nutrition, behavior, muscle biology, immunology, veterinary and human medicine, engineering, and atmospheric sciences. Research scientists and educators work together to develop and disseminate effective, integrated solutions to reduce environmental stress.
Last revised June 17, 2005