CAT and Neogen will offer fish farmers a customised genotyping service. Photo: CAT.

Genetics experts team up to offer custom service for aquaculture

North American companies the Centre for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), a leader in genetic improvement for aquatic species, and Michigan-based agriculture genomics expert Neogen Corporation have teamed up to deliver customised genotyping services for aquaculture producers.

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CAT – which operates two centres on Prince Edward Island in Atlantic Canada and another in California - said the partnership will leverage the complementary expertise of the companies to enable organisations of any size to realise the benefits of increased accuracy of selection and gains in performance by incorporating genetic markers into their selective breeding programs.

“We are very excited to have Neogen as a partner - they are world leaders in agricultural genotyping, and it’s a great complement to our expertise in the aquaculture industry,” saidCAT chief executive John Buchanan. “They have been great partners, and we are looking forward to working closely with them on projects in the future.”

Marylinn Munson: "We will be able to create new products and solutions that enrich the aquaculture sector." Photo: Neogen.

Perfect partners

Neogen’s vice president of genomics, Marylinn Munson, said: “CAT’s expertise in the aquaculture industry and our global leadership within the world of genomics make us the perfect partners going forward.

“In partnership with CAT, we will be able to create new products and solutions that enrich the aquaculture sector and ensure sustainable farming at every level.”

In a press release, CAT said the partnership is aligned with its commitment to maintaining exceptional service while increasing efficiency and ensuring a quick turnaround time for sample processing.

Two tools that facilitate genomic selection and marker identification have already emerged from this collaboration: 50K genotyping arrays for North American Atlantic salmon and whiteleg shrimp (L. vannamei) are now commercially available through CAT.