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Ethology is the scientific study of animal behaviour: how do animals behave, why do they behave as they do, how does behaviour develop and what is its adaptive value.

At the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences there are two professors of Ethology – Harry Blokhuis and Lena Lidfors . At SLU ethology is primarily 'applied' which means that studies are mainly focused at animals kept by man (agricultural animals, companion animals, horses and zoo animals). However, there are also basic questions addressed in our research. In our research we are always aware of the biological function of behaviour in the natural environment where it developed.

Published: 25 February 2019 - Page editor: charlotta.lantz@slu.se