Fraser Bergersen

Fraser John Bergersen is a highly regarded plant scientist who specialises in legume nutrition.

He spent much of his working life with the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Plant industry in Canberra where he was leader of the Rhizobium Research Group (1964-1977).

He was the Chairman of the Microbiology Section (1966-1977) and Program Leader of the Nitrogen in Agriculture Project from 1979 to 1985. Bergersen was also involved in a number of national and international societies, holding several key positions.


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Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

1981 - Award – Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)

1985 - Award – Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
2000 - Award – Member of the Order of Australia (AM)


Bergersen, F. J., ’Research on Biological Nitrogen Fixation in CSIRO Plant Industry, 1952-1998’, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 3, 2001, pp. 255-300. Also available at

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