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Genetic improvement in the Australian aquaculture industry

Lymbery, A.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0542-3446 (2000) Genetic improvement in the Australian aquaculture industry. Aquaculture Research, 31 (1). pp. 145-149.

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Most aquaculture industries in Australia are at an early stage of development and would benefit from the introduction of genetic improvement programmes. Size at harvest is perceived by industry participants, managers and researchers as the trait that will most influence profitability. Although most current genetic improvement programmes in aquaculture use mass selection, inbreeding is widely regarded as an important problem, which could be overcome by the use of family data in selection decisions. The major research priority is the development of genetic markers to enable accurate pedigree determination. The major constraint upon the implementation of genetic improvement programmes by aquaculture industries is lack of available funds and resources. Industry ownership and national co-ordination of research and development is seen as the best way of addressing this constraint.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc
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