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13 June 2017
FISHBOOST results: Perceptions on aquaculture production and selective breeding
In the FISHBOOST project, one work package is dedicated to investigating existing perceptions of aquaculture production. The work consisted of two parts, one part focussed on the perceptions of representative organisations within and surrounding the aquaculture sector, the other part focussed on the perceptions of (individual) aquaculture producers in specific. These perceptions are important to us, they give us an idea of the context in which the FISHBOOST research results will land and of the efforts we will have to make to get these results successfully implemented in the aquaculture sector of today.
2 June 2017
FISHBOOST Results: Feed conversion ratio can be improved by selection for controlled lipid deposition
FISHBOOST researchers have shown that prevention of excessive lipid deposition improves feed conversion ratio in rainbow trout. This also increases, yet slowly, the efficiency at which the fish utilizes proteins of feed (protein-retention efficiency), one of the most expensive and limited raw materials of the fish feeds.
23 January 2017
FISHBOOST Movie is online!
Aquaculture Breeding and FISHBOOST
FISHBOOST Movie aims to briefly inform the public about the aquaculture production and breeding. The movie explains the principles of selective breeding in farmed fish and the contribution of FISHBOOST project to the European aquaculture breeding with a comprehensible language.
Subscribe to FISHBOOST YouTube Channel from here.
10 January 2017
FISHBOOST "Up one level in breeding for six fish species"
European fish breeders can now integrate tools and technologies developed in FISHBOOST into their breeding programmes.
The main goal of the EU supported project FISHBOOST is to advance selective breeding to the next level for the six main finfish species in European aquaculture. These species are Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead seabream, European seabass, turbot and common carp.
10 January 2017
FISHBOOST is at the Fish Farming Expert Newsletter
The article "Selective breeding progress made" by Anna Sonesson (NOFIMA), FISHBOOST Project Coordinator is published at the Fish Farming Expert Website
Tools and technologies developed by an EU project which aims to advance selective breeding of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, gilthead seabream, seabass, turbot and common carp are now available to finfish producers.
Read more at the Fish Farming Expert.
7 December 2016
TEDxTalks "Reducing overfishing by improving the fish itself"
FISHBOOST partner Kasper Janssen (Wageningen UR) was live on TEDxTalks giving his speech responding to the question "How can selective breeding contribute to more sustainble fish production?"
Kasper Jansen participated to the TEDxTalks on November 30, 2016 in Breda, the Netherlands. In his speech Kasper explained the role of aquaculture and selective breeding to the sustainable fish production and on environment. He briefly explained the improvements in genetic of bred fish by giving examples from different fish species and advanced traits. He finalised his talk by expressing his wishes to transform aquaculture into a better alternative to fisheries by making use of the lessons learned in livestock breeding.
Watch Kasper Janssen giving his TEDxTalk "Reducing overfishing by improving the fish itself" by clicking here.
16 September 2016
FISHBOOST Results: one of the largest co-ordinated genotyping by sequencing efforts
FISHBOOST has successfully performed one of the largest co-ordinated genotyping by sequencing efforts in the world to date.
In work package 1 (WP1) of the project, large-scale disease challenge experiments were performed for several species and diseases (see Table), and samples were collected for sequencing. For each disease challenge experiment, between 800 and 1600 individual fish samples were genotyped using various Restriction-site Associated DNA (RAD) sequencing approaches (RAD-Seq, ddRAD-Seq, 2bRAD-Seq).
The different RAD techniques were chosen according to the skills and experience of the laboratories involved and the characteristics of the experimental design and the genomes of the species.
Read more about RAD-Seq techniques and the applications of these results
16 September 2016
FISHBOOST Results: New insights into genetic resistance to viral nervous necrosis (VNN) in European sea bass
Improving genetic resistance of farmed fish to infectious disease is one of the major goals of the FISHBOOST project. Viral nervous necrosis (VNN) is a disease that has a large negative impact on aquaculture of sea bass in several European countries.
In a collaborative FISHBOOST experiment, a team comprising The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, and French partners Ferme Marine Du Douhet, SYSAAF, ANSES, Ifremer and INRA, made a significant breakthrough in the use of genetic markers to understand and improve resistance to VNN in sea bass. A genomic prediction approach was taken to assess the accuracy of prediction breeding values for VNN resistance.This analysis demonstrated that breeding values can be estimated with high accuracy, significantly improving the state-of-the-art method which relies on pedigree information for breeding value prediction.
More results at EAS 2016
Christos Palaiokostas (University of Edinburgh) will present these results at the FISHBOOST session of the European Aquaculture Society meeting in Edinburgh on 23 September 2016.
Read more about the implications for sea bass farming
16 September 2016
FISHBOOST Results: Genetic background of winter survival in carp
Common carp is one of the most cultured freshwater fish species worldwide and is one of the targeted fish species in FISHBOOST. Common carp use energetic reserves (fat, glycogen, protein) during winter to maintain their body functions, and thus, these reserves are essential for winter survival. Within FISHBOOST, genetic parameters of body reserves that might affect winter survival in one-year old common carp have beenestimated to assess the potential for using selective breeding to enhance winter survival. Until now, common carp has not been bred using systematic selection programmes and FISHBOOST aims to change this situation.
Presently, first results on estimating these genetic parameters in one-year old common carp before and after wintering are obtained (WP2). Before wintering, low to medium heritabilities (0.13 – 0.35) for the examined traits were observed. In the spring period, the heritabilities for most traits were even higher (0.34 – 0.58). Energetic reserve management seems to have a complicated genetic background, but preliminary results indicate that important traits such as body weight (BW), muscle fat content (MF) and visceral fat (VSI) can be significantly changed in carp by selection.
Read more about the experimental design and results
BASEPOP and FISHBOOSTSEL - two tools to develop and optimise your breeding program 15 December 2015
Two software tools, BASEPOP and FISHBOOSTSEL, are developed by Nofima within the FISHBOOST project. The BASEPOP software tool can estimate genomic relationships (using genetic markers) and use this information to optimise individual or strain contributions to a base population for a new breeding program. FISHBOOSTSEL is a software tool to select individuals in an ongoing breeding programme. Both software tools are free to download.
For more information on BASEPOP click here.
For more information on FISHBOOSTSEL click here.
Do you have an opinion on selective breeding and do you want to help the FISHBOOST project? 16 November 2015
Then we would like to invite you to fill in our questionnaire and let your opinion be heard. This will help us to develop balanced and sustainable breeding programmes for farmed finfish. Read more and help us by filling out the survey
Better fish for farms 30 July 2015
Highlighting the FISHBOOST project: Tweaking breeding methods could allow European fish farming - or aquaculture - to produce more efficiently. Read more
FISHBOOST workshop 30 July 2015
How to setup a base population and perform selection with control on breeding - Demonstration of two tools for your aquaculture breeding program - Register now!
Remarkable differences in selective breeding between Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout 18 June 2015
FISHBOOST reports regarding the current status of selective breeding of Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout in Europe have revealed some remarkable differences in the breeding industry. Read more
Breeding for improved disease resistance in European farmed fish 18 June 2015
Improving the genetic resistance of farmed fish to some of the most problematic infectious diseases in European aquaculture is the goal of Work Package 1 (WP1) of the FISHBOOST project. In year 1, a series of successful disease challenge experiments have been undertaken on populations of juvenile fish with known pedigree. Read more.
The first year of FISHBOOST: launching a large number of experiments 19 December 2014
During the first months of the FISHBOOST project, a total of 14 experiments have been initiated in six EU-countries. These experiments focus on developing tools for genetic improvement of production efficiency and disease resistance in the main farmed fish species. The experiments are expected to be completed within 2 years. Read more
New software tool to determine individuals or strains to be included in a future breeding programme: BASEPOP 19 December 2015
A new software tool has been developed to create base populations in aquaculture breeding: BASEPOP. This is one of the first tangible results of the FISHBOOST project. The tool will now be tested in practice. If you are interested in BASEPOP and want more information, please contact Anna Sonesson of Nofima. Read more
Commencement of EU project aimed at boosting European aquaculture through selective breeding - February 2014
The EU research project FISHBOOST started this week during the kick-off meeting at the host institute Nofima in Norway. Researchers, industry representatives and NGO partners from nine European countries will work together in the next years to boost European aquaculture to the next level with selective breeding. Read more
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