The Blue Genomics Consortium presented 10 years of research this week

– The trait that weighs the most in our selection should always be and always will be growth.
 
– The trait that weighs the most in our selection should always be and always will be growth.
These are the words of Robert Deerenberg, Breeding manager of AquaGen Chile. During the closing seminar of the 8 year long project Blue Genomics Chile, with the overall goal to achieve a more sustainable salmon industry in Chile, Robert presented the talk «From genetic knowledge to breeding and product development: Genetic progress in salmon growth». In his talk he pointed out that growth not only increases the efficiency of feed utilization, but also the efficient use of resources and a reduction in sea farming time and associated risks. In addition, this trait is highly heritable and easy to measure on a large number of fish, with good genetic variation. This tells us that the genetic improvement of growth is the most efficient way to increase the performance of our customers.
 
Cristhian Ortiz (AquaGen Chile), Robert Derenberg (AquaGen Chile), Thomas Moen (AquaGen) and Matias Medina (AquaGen)
During the closing seminar several experts, including Senior researcher Maren Mommens, Global R&D Manager for Genomics and Molecular biology Thomas Moen and Director of Breeding and R&D Matias Medina from AquaGen Norway, as well as researchers from the University of Chile and Institute of Marine Research in Norway, presented exciting findings regarding resistance to SRS and Caligus, growth, early maturation, and new methods of high precision DNA sampling and industrial cryopreservation.
«All this has allowed us to take our genetic progress to levels far beyond previous years. This genetic improvement is already underway, but the scaling up to productive levels will be noticed in the Chilean fish farming industry in the next few years. Also, this does not mean that we do not improve other traits in our salmon, such as disease resistance, late maturity, and pigment retention efficiency, but the trait that weighs the most in our selection should always be and always will be growth,» Robert concludes.
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