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Lutz Bunger receives prestigious EAAP Leroy livestock science award

Published Wednesday, 11th October 2017 in Livestock and Dairy news

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Pictured: Lutz Bunger receiving the Leroy Award 2017 from the President of EAAP Matthias Gauly

Lutz Bunger, Emeritus Professor at SRUC, has been awarded the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) prestigious Leroy Award 2017 for his outstanding contribution to livestock science.

Lutz – who was Leader of Growth genetics, Animal and Veterinary Sciences at SRUC – received the award at the recent 68th EAAP annual meeting in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Leroy Award is made to candidates, who in the view of the Council and Scientific Committee of EAAP, have made an outstanding contribution to animal production over a sustained period on internationally recognised work.

Lutz was inaugurated by Erling Strandberg, President of the Genetics Commission of EAAP, who highlighted his long-term involvement, drive and enthusiasm in Phenomics and Genomics especially developing wide-scale use and uptake of Computer Tomography (CT) in industry in UK and across Europe for genetic pig and sheep improvement.

The award citation also focused on his personal commitment to develop networks helping to disseminate the sharing of this expertise (through the Farm Animal Imaging, FAIM, EU COST action of which Lutz was the chair) at an international level which has very much moved science forward and more importantly, ensured the findings are applied at an international industry level.
The most recent science utilising CT for sheep meat production Lutz has pioneered, includes new aspects of meat quality and spinal attributes for inclusion into UK sheep breeding programmes.

The citation said: “Whilst other scientists have contributed significantly to the development of this technology, Lutz ‘s involvement very much stands out over the last decade. Many young scientists have, and will continue to benefit and take up the responsibility of developing the use of this technology further in livestock breeding programmes. As evidence of this, Lutz has been main supervisor for many post- and under-graduate students and has always been very generous with his time for students and other colleagues.”

Lutz said: “To receive this prestigious award in front of about 800 people in the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn was a huge honour and made my legs kind of wobbly when I was asked to come on stage.

“This was certainly a highlight in my career in Animal Genetics and I thanked all the teams I had the pleasure to work with over the last 40 years. Without their help and the support from my family I certainly would have not been there.”

After receiving the award Lutz gave his award talk which was entitled: “How (some) technologies have influenced Phenomics and Animal Breeding across species and across my life.”

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