Wombat reproduction (Marsupialia; Vombatidae): an update and future directions for the development of artificial breeding technology

Hogan, Lindsay A., Janssen, Tina and Johnston, Stephen D. (2013) Wombat reproduction (Marsupialia; Vombatidae): an update and future directions for the development of artificial breeding technology. Reproduction, 145 6: R157-R173. doi:10.1530/REP-13-0012


Author Hogan, Lindsay A.
Janssen, Tina
Johnston, Stephen D.
Title Wombat reproduction (Marsupialia; Vombatidae): an update and future directions for the development of artificial breeding technology
Journal name Reproduction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-1626
1741-7899
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1530/REP-13-0012
Volume 145
Issue 6
Start page R157
End page R173
Total pages 17
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher BioScientifica
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This review provides an update on what is currently known about wombat reproductive biology and reports on attempts made to manipulate and/or enhance wombat reproduction as part of the development of artificial reproductive technology (ART) in this taxon. Over the last decade, the logistical difficulties associated with monitoring a nocturnal and semi-fossorial species have largely been overcome, enabling new features of wombat physiology and behaviour to be elucidated. Despite this progress, captive propagation rates are still poor and there are areas of wombat reproductive biology that still require attention, e.g. further characterisation of the oestrous cycle and oestrus. Numerous advances in the use of ART have also been recently developed in the Vombatidae but despite this research, practical methods of manipulating wombat reproduction for the purposes of obtaining research material or for artificial breeding are not yet available. Improvement of the propagation, genetic diversity and management of wombat populations requires a thorough understanding of Vombatidae reproduction. While semen collection and cryopreservation in wombats is fairly straightforward there is currently an inability to detect, induce or synchronise oestrus/ovulation and this is an impeding progress in the development of artificial insemination in this taxon.
Keyword Hairy Nosed Wombat
Koala Phascolarctos Cinereus
Stimulated Common Wombats
In Vitro Maturation
Lasiorhinus latifrons
Estrous Cycle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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