Thursday, January 31, 2013

31/01/13: Sequencing the salmon genome; FAO looks at fish genetics; visit us at IPPE

Sequencing the salmon genome is due for completion in 2013. The Research Council of Norway is encouraging researchers to use information from the salmon genome to enhance understanding of the mechanisms behind the traits and biology of this valuable production species. Three projects have been granted a total of NOK 41 million for this purpose.

Genetic technologies to improve fish production says FAO. A new report by the UN department says that traditional and modern breeding techniques are needed to increase food production in aquaculture.
Fisheries experts from more than 13 countries opened the first of two consultations today that could herald new ways of reducing hunger and poverty by cataloging and improving aquatic genetic resources for food and agriculture. Most farmed fish have not been domesticated the way that farmed crops and livestock have been, so farmed fish remain very similar to their wild relatives. The meeting will consider the benefits of genetic improvement by using traditional breeding techniques as well as modern genetic technologies to increase growth rates, reduce inputs and improve the cost-effectiveness of aquaculture.

We're at IPPE in Atlanta, USA. Come and visit us on booth 1700.
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