A video-based movement analysis system to quantify behavioral stress responses of fish. Water Res

Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, 8075 Greenmead Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA.
Water Research (Impact Factor: 5.53). 12/2004; 38(18):3993-4001. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2004.06.028
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Behavioral alterations can be measured as endpoints for sublethal toxicity, and serve as a tool for environmental risk assessment and analysis of toxicological impact. Numerous technical and biological factors have made sublethal effects on fish behavior difficult to quantify. In order to investigate stress- and contaminant-induced behavioral alterations, a video analysis system was designed by our laboratory. With this system up to 12 fish may be individually housed in 20 L exposure arenas and automatically videotaped at multiple and discrete intervals during an experimental period. Analog video data can then digitized, converted into x,y coordinates, and finally transformed into relevant behavioral endpoints using software designed for tracking fish movement combined with specific algorithms. These endpoints include velocity, total distance traveled, angular change, percent movement, space utilization, and fractal dimension (path complexity). Data from fish exposed to a reference toxicant, MS222, and simulation experiments, are presented to exemplify alterations in fish behavior associated with exposure, and accuracy and precision, respectively. The system provides flexibility to analyze any observed movement behavior, is remotely controlled, and can be transportable. These movement analyses can be used to identify characteristic behavioral responses to a variety of environmentally-relevant stressors, and assist in risk assessment and the development of more sensitive lowest observable effect level and no observable effect level for sentinel species.

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    • "Moreover, fish are ideal test organism for assessing toxic chemical exposure in water based on their behavioural assays (Little and Finger 1990), which makes fish behaviour studies as inexpensive, accurate and fast technique in environmental research. Kane et al. (2004) show the behavioural changes in fish when exposed with m-amino-benzoic acid ethyl ester methansulfonate (MS222) or change in swimming speed and their tail beat frequently (TBF) as results of chemical in water. Thus, continuous monitoring and quantifying behavioural response of fish are potential methods of assessing stress, disease and water pollution. "

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    • "Behavioural analysis of crustacean species exposed to ionising radiation has relied largely upon anecdotal visual observations over a defined time period (Stalin et al., 2013a). This approach is subject to a number of limitations including a lack of test standards (Kane et al., 2004), a low sensitivity comparable with video-based behavioural analysers and the potential for individual bias. Furthermore , the available studies have employed acute radiation exposures which may induce different behavioural effects to equivalent doses delivered over longer time scales (Solomon et al., 2009). "
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    • "Behaviors may selectively and continuously adapt in response to direct interaction with physical and chemical aspects of the environment. Thus, behavior has been used to discern and evaluate the effects of exposure to environmental stressors (Baldwin et al., 1994; Balk et al., 1996; Gruber et al., 1994; Kane et al., 2004; Kim et al., 2011). Behavioral monitoring in toxicology provides well-defined endpoints that are practical to measure and to understand in relation to environmental factors that cause variation in the response; use of such indirect monitoring is referred to as surrogacy. "
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