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Equine Embryo Transfer

  • H. Sieme
  • J. Rau
  • D. Tiedemann
  • H. Oldenhof
  • L. Barros
  • R. Sanchez
  • M. Blanco
  • G. Martinsson
  • C. Herrera
  • D. Burger
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Abstract

Embryo transfer has become a commonly used procedure in equine breeding worldwide. It allows for efficient use of valuable mares and mares in athletic competition. In addition, mares with reproductive problems can donate embryos to healthy recipients. This review describes techniques for embryo collection and transfer to the recipient, methods of transportation and cryopreservation, and superovulation procedures. Effects of specific procedures on success rates for embryo collection and pregnancies are discussed, as well as factors affecting the resulting offspring. Furthermore, an outlook is given on recent biotechnological technologies like preimplantation diagnostics and in vitro embryo production.

Keywords

Equine Embryo transfer Superovulation Cryopreservation Vitrification Reproductive biotechnologies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Sieme
    • 1
  • J. Rau
    • 1
  • D. Tiedemann
    • 1
  • H. Oldenhof
    • 1
  • L. Barros
    • 1
  • R. Sanchez
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Blanco
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Martinsson
    • 3
  • C. Herrera
    • 4
  • D. Burger
    • 5
  1. 1.Unit for Reproductive Medicine—Clinic for HorsesUniversity of Veterinary Medicine HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.PS PferdehaltungNeustadt-GleweGermany
  3. 3.National Stud Lower SaxonyCelleGermany
  4. 4.Clinic for Reproductive Medicine, Vetsuisse FacultyUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  5. 5.Swiss Institute of Equine Medicine ISMEUniversity of Berne and AgroscopeAvenchesSwitzerland

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