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Article     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 46(2)

Bernard Michael Bindon — reproductive physiologist, animal scientist, research leader

K. W. Entwistle A I, L. J. Cummins B, M. A. Hillard C, J. E. Kinder D, T. O’Shea E, L. R. Piper F, J. Thimonier G, J. F. Wilkins H

A ‘Studley’, Uralla, NSW 2358, Australia.
B ‘Ivanhoe’, Cavendish, Victoria 3314, Australia.
C Chemicon Australia Ltd., Locked Bag 1, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia.
D Department of Animal Science, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
E University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351, Australia.
F CSIRO Livestock Industries, Locked Bag 1, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia.
G 44 Enclos Galilée, Mauguio, 34130, France.
H NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650, Australia.
I Corresponding author. Email: kentwis2@une.edu.au
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This paper is a foreword to a series of papers commissioned on ‘the impact of science on the beef industry’, where the Beef CRC-related collaborative scientific work of Professor Bernard Michael Bindon will be reviewed. These papers will be presented in March 2006, as part of a ‘festschrift’ to recognise his wider contributions to the Australian livestock industries for over 40 years. Bindon’s career involved basic and applied research in many areas of reproductive physiology, genetics, immunology, nutrition, meat science and more recently genomics, in both sheep and cattle. Together with his collaborators, he made large contributions to animal science by improving the knowledge of mechanisms regulating reproductive functions and in elucidating the physiology and genetics of high fecundity livestock. His collaborative studies with many colleagues of the reproductive biology and genetics of the Booroola Merino were amongst the most extensive ever conducted on domestic livestock. He was instrumental in the development of immunological techniques to control ovulation rate and in examining the application of these and other techniques to increase beef cattle reproductive output. This paper tracks his investigations and achievements both within Australia and internationally. In the later stages of his career he was the major influence in attracting a large investment in Cooperative Research Centres for the Australian cattle industry, in which he directed a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate, develop and disseminate science and technology to improve commercial cattle productivity.


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