The Fish Behaviour Index

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    The Fish Behaviour Index (FBI) is an automated monitoring tool developed for gauging the behavioural status of zebrafish. Zebrafish are an important model species used in a wide variety of experimental contexts. The aim of this study was to develop a monitoring tool that could gauge the welfare status of zebrafish based upon their behaviour. The FBI represents a major step forward in refining zebrafish experiments and can be downloaded for use free of charge (

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Deakin, A.G., Buckley J., AlZu’bi, H.S., Cossins, A.R., Spencer, J.W., Al-Nuaimy, W., Young, I.S. Thomson, J.S. & Sneddon, L.U. 2019  Automated monitoring of behaviour in zebrafish after invasive procedures. Scientific Reports,