The Preservation And Management Of Koala Genetic Diversity Using Reproductive Biotechnology And Molecular Genetics: A Model For Endangered Australian Marsupials (2005–2008)

Assisted breeding technology will provide a new paradigm for solving problems associated with the preservation and management of captive and wild Koala populations. This project aims to improve methods of koala sperm cryopreservation and its subsequent use in artificial insemination and to establish a functional frozen sperm bank screened for the most prevalent pathogens. Important outcomes will include (1) a reliable, cost effective and disease free approach to the transfer of Koala genetic material into international and national zoos; (2) a technique for the management of free-range genetically restricted Koala populations and (3) successful cryostorage of Koala spermatozoa for the long-term maintenance of genetic potential.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council