ToxMate

Multi-Species Behavior Monitoring Tool

The ToxMate is a brand new product developed by ViewPoint able to monitor multi-species' behavior in a specific environment.

Our video-tracking technology has been combined with a compact and practical cubic cabinet (50 cm side). ToxMateThe system is composed of three different panels, lighted with InfraRed, each containing 16 animals ; offering up to 48 animals to be analyzed simultaneously in your lab.

The ToxMate is versatile, giving researchers the possibility to analyze up to three different species per experiment simultaneously and independently in each panel. The fluid that flows in the ToxMate can be anything, whether aqueous or gaseous. The fluid stream is homogeneous in the entire apparatus, allowing all the animals to be under the same experimental conditions.

This apparatus has been designed to analyze and measure the toxic properties and impact of a fluid on the behavior of small animals. Three powerful and precise cameras record continuously the activity of the animals in order to observe the tiniest and the most discreet behavior.

ToxMate Cage    Camera 1

The ToxMate is an easy-to-use turnkey system connected to the internet. Without the need of a computer directly linked to the apparatus, the data are recorded online and researchers have the opportunity to check them online on any computer. The data can also be stored on a hard drive disk or an USB key if the ToxMate is not connected. The analysis areas and all the settings are already set ; you obtain reliable results from your behavioral experiment of up to 3 different species at the same time.

Activity States

Every living organism sized from 0.6 cm can be analyzed by the ToxMate. Here are a couple of examples :

  • Aquatic :

- macroinvertebrates : Arthropods (Daphnia, Gammarus), Gastropods (Lymnea), Annelids (Oligochaeta), aquatic larvae's insects (Ephemera, Chironomidae)

                                              Gammarus  Daphnia magna

- ichthyofauna : fry (Trout, Minnow), small fish (Zebrafish)

  • Terrestrial : Arachnid (Spiders), Annelid (Earthworms), Mollusca (Snails), Insects (Beetles)
  • Airborne : Honeybees, Mosquitoes, Drosophila

Thanks to the ToxMate, researchers are now able to realize long-term experimentations on multiple species in various domains and measure the impact of a substance on their locomotion or behavior and their response to it.

Application domains :

  • Ecotoxicology, entomology, ethology, environmental toxicology :

- Impact of substances on long-term behavior

- Toxicity kinetics

- Responses to a contaminant

  • Ecology :

- Genetic or environmental characteristic influences on a species

- Influence of host-parasite interactions

- Influence of temperature, conductivity, etc. on behavior

- Impact over several generations

 

The ToxMate has been developed with the help of the French region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
Le ToxMate a été développé avec l'aide de la région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

*Laboratoire d'écotoxicologie, IRSTEA

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