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Reprod. Nutr. Dev.
Volume 40, Number 5, September-October 2000
Page(s) 469 - 480
DOI: 10.1051/rnd:2000111

Reprod. Nutr. Dev. 40 (2000) 469-480

In vitro technologies related to pig embryo transfer

Klaus-Peter Brüssowa - Helmut Tornera - Wilhelm Kanitza - Jozsef Rátkyb

aDepartment of Reproductive Biology, Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals, 18196 Dummerstorf, Germany
bDepartment of Reproduction, Research Institute for Animal Breeding and Nutrition, 2053 Herceghalom, Hungary

(Received 2 June 2000; accepted 28 August 2000)


Embryo transfer in swine (ETS) has been used for commercial and breeding application only to a limited extent. However this technique is an essential prerequisite for the application of new reproductive techniques in pigs. This paper will give an overview on steps of pig embryo transfer including selection and stimulation of donor sows, recovery of embryos, embryo handling and the transfer of recovered embryos into recipients. Furthermore the current status and further application of ET related in vitro technologies in pig production are described.

Keywords: pig / embryo transfer / in vitro technologies


Transfert d'embryons chez le porc et techniques associées. Dans l'espèce porcine, l'utilisation du transfert d'embryons en élevage ou à des fins commerciales est encore limitée. Néanmoins, cette méthode de reproduction par transfert d'embryons est une condition essentielle pour le développement des nouvelles biotechnologies chez cette espèce. Cet article fait le point sur les différentes étapes de la transplantation embryonnaire, y compris la sélection et la superovulation des donneuses, la collecte et la manipulation des embryons. L'état actuel et les applications possibles de la production in vitro d'embryons porcins sont décrits.

Mots clé : porc / transfert d'embryon / fécondation in vitro

Correspondence and reprints: Klaus-Peter Brüssow;

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