The aquaculture industry is ripe for the uptake of DNA-based technologies, also known as genomics. The sector has observed and, therefore, learned lessons from the livestock industry where DNA tools are heavily applied, and genetic gains are no longer simulations on a computer screen.
Every producer will benefit from using DNA technology in their breeding program. The level of benefit and the type of return on investment will depend on the tool that they use.
Many aquaculture producers have questions and are seeking guidance to improve their genetics.
Before I charge ahead with my recommendations, I want to emphasize that the use of genomics will not make the need for collecting phenotypes or the need to improve a management system go away…
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY DR. ELISA MARQUES IN THE APRIL ISSUE OF AQUACULTURE MAGAZINE.
Dr. Elisa Marques has spent the last 15 years vigorously applying genomics tools in genetic improvement programs around North and South America. She is currently holding the Senior Director of Business Development position at the Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT).
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