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Main Title Selection and Breeding Programs in Aquaculture [electronic resource] /
Author Gjedrem, Trygve.
Publisher Springer Netherlands,
Year Published 2005
Call Number QH541.5.S3
ISBN 9781402033421
Subjects Life sciences. ; Aquatic biology. ; Animal genetics.
Internet Access
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Collation XVIII, 364 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Status and Scope of Aquaculture -- Basic Genetics -- Population Genetics -- Polygenic Inheritance -- Basic Statistical Parameters -- Kinship, Relationship and Inbreeding -- Selection -- Reproductive Traits in Aquatic Animals -- Methods for Estimating Phenotypic and Genetic Parameters -- Breeding Strategies -- Selection Methods -- Design of Breeding Programs -- Prediction of Breeding Values -- Genotype - Environment Interaction -- Measuring Genetic Change -- Breeding Plans -- Organising Breeding Programs -- Chromosome Engineering -- Modern Biotechnology and Aquaculture -- Genetic Interactions Between Farmed and Wild Fish, with Examples from the Atlantic Salmon Case in Norway. Although aquaculture as a biological production system has a long history, systematic and efficient breeding programs to improve economically important traits in the farmed species have rarely been utilized until recently, except for salmonid species. This means that the majority of aquaculture production (more than 90 %) is based on genetically unimproved stocks. In farm animals the situation is vastly different: practically no terrestrial farm production is based on genetically unimproved and undomesticated populations. This difference between aquaculture and livestock production is in spite of the fact that the basic elements of breeding theory are the same for fish and shellfish as for farm animals. One possible reason for the difference is the complexity of reproductive biology in aquatic species, and special consideration needs to be taken in the design of breeding plans for these species. Since 1971 AKVAFORSK, has continuously carried out large scale breeding research projects with salmonid species, and during the latest 15 years also with a number of fresh water and marine species. Results from this work and the results from other institutions around the world have brought forward considerable knowledge, which make the development of efficient breeding programs feasible. The genetic improvement obtained in selection programs for fish and shellfish is remarkable and much higher than what has been achieved in terrestrial farm animals.