Understanding and Assisting Reproduction in Wildlife Species Using Microfluidics

Trends Biotechnol. 2021 Jun;39(6):584-597. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2020.08.012. Epub 2020 Oct 7.


Conservation breeding and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are invaluable tools to save wild animal species that are on the brink of extinction. Microfluidic devices recently developed for human or domestic animal reproductive medicine could significantly help to increase knowledge about fertility and contribute to the success of ART in wildlife. Some of these microfluidic tools could be applied to wild species, but dedicated efforts will be necessary to meet specific needs in animal conservation; for example, they need to be cost-effective, applicable to multiple species, and field-friendly. Microfluidics represents only one powerful technology in a complex toolbox and must be integrated with other approaches to be impactful in managing wildlife reproduction.

Keywords: assisted reproductive technologies; microfluidics; reproductive biology; wildlife conservation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild* / physiology
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Microfluidics*
  • Reproduction / physiology
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted* / veterinary