The entire DNA sequence encoding the genes (genome) of the lumpfish has now been mapped. This allows us to study all the genes that contribute to traits such as growth, disease resistance and sea lice appetite with much greater precision than before.
Grieg Seafood Rogaland will produce broodfish and eggs of AquaGen strain at its own facilities in Erfjord. The agreement also includes egg deliveries from AquaGen to the company’s production in Rogaland, Finnmark and Shetland.
AquaGen’s Scotland office, opened in Autumn 2017, has just added a third person to its team, which is testament to the growing importance of the company in the UK. AquaGen announced in November 2017, their exciting plans for egg production in Scotland for the 2018/19 season.
Matas Medina is from the 1st of February 2018 appointed as Director of Science and Technology in AquaGen AS, head quartered in Trondheim, Norway. His main role will be to further strengthen R&Ds contribution to the innovation power, competitiveness and profitability across EW Groups aquaculture genetics companies.
Fride Lindseth is from the 1st of February 2018 employed as Quality Manager in AquaGen. She will lead the quality work and be responsible for quality assurance of products and work processes, as well as carry out risk and vulnerability analysis.
On October 31, 2017, the AquaGen Scottish office, located at Stirling University Innovation Park was officially opened. Invited customers and co-partners participated in the opening ceremony and a seminar organised at the Stirling Court Hotel the following day.
AquaGen AS has entered into an agreement to purchase 51% of the shares in the Danish-based breeding company AquaSearch ova ApS, one of the world’s leading suppliers of genetics for portion-size trout market.
Restrictions due to ISA suspicion also attached to AquaGens’ broodfish departments at the Vestseøra site in Hemne municipality
Following the transport of pedigree Atlantic salmon from Tingvoll to Hemne, the broodfish departments at Vestseøra site in Hemne municipality has also been placed under restrictions connected to the suspicion of ISA. These transports were carried out in advance of ISA being suspected at Tingvoll.
A virulent variant of the ISA virus has been detected in broodfish from the Merraberget sea site at AquaGen Tingvoll.
New strong QTL for SRS resistance in coho will contribute to decrease the use of antibiotics in Chile
A collaboration between researchers in Chile and Norway directed by Blue Genomics Chile, has resulted in a breakthrough in breeding for SRS resistance in coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). The discovery of a major QTL for SRS resistance has already been implemented in AquaGen Chile’s egg production, resulting in the predicted delivery of 13 million coho eggs with improved resistance in 2017.