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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Reproduction research in livestock… what do we really need? Event

25 October 2013
IDS Lecture Theatre Southampton General Hospital

Event details

Centre for Biological Sciences - External Seminar Series

The human population is set to increase by 50% over the next three decades so we need to examine the role of ruminant animals in meeting the demand for food. The major driver research for livestock industries has not changed markedly - production needs to be more efficient - but changes in society, and therefore markets, have added a radical nuance to the research goals that is encapsulated in three words: "clean, green, ethical". The research approach is to investigate how animals respond to their environment and then develop ‘natural' management tools based on manipulation of the environment to control the animals. This perspective is being used to direct developments in technology and to clarify our genetic goals. Unexpectedly, the "clean, green, ethical" goal has re-invigorated research into the basic reproductive biology and ecology of our common livestock species.

Speaker information

Professor Graeme Martin,University of Western Australia/ University of Oxford,School of Animal Biology

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