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Selection and Breeding Programs in Aquaculture

  • Trygve Gjedrem

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Trygve Gjedrem
    Pages 1-8
  3. Trygve Gjedrem, Øivind Andersen
    Pages 9-21
  4. Øivind Andersen, Ben Hayes
    Pages 23-33
  5. Hans Bernhard Bentsen
    Pages 35-43
  6. Trygve Gjedrem, Ingrid Olesen
    Pages 45-72
  7. Anna K. Sonesson, John A. Woolliams, Theo H. E. Meuwissen
    Pages 73-87
  8. Trygve Gjedrem, Jørn Thodesen
    Pages 89-111
  9. Terje Refstie, Trygve Gjedrem
    Pages 113-120
  10. Kjersti Turid Fjalestad
    Pages 145-158
  11. Kjersti Turid Fjalestad
    Pages 159-171
  12. Bjarne Gjerde
    Pages 173-195
  13. Bjarne Gjerde
    Pages 197-231
  14. Trygve Gjedrem
    Pages 233-242
  15. Morten Rye, Trygve Gjedrem
    Pages 243-250
  16. Trygve Gjedrem
    Pages 251-277
  17. Trygve Gjedrem, Terje Refstie
    Pages 279-285
  18. Terje Refstie, Trygve Gjedrem
    Pages 287-299
  19. Ben Hayes, Øivind Andersen
    Pages 301-317

About this book


Although aquaculture as a biological production system has a long history, systematic and efficient breeding programs to improve economically important traits in the farmed species have rarely been utilized until recently, except for salmonid species. This means that the majority of aquaculture production (more than 90 %) is based on genetically unimproved stocks. In farm animals the situation is vastly different: practically no terrestrial farm production is based on genetically unimproved and undomesticated populations. This difference between aquaculture and livestock production is in spite of the fact that the basic elements of breeding theory are the same for fish and shellfish as for farm animals. One possible reason for the difference is the complexity of reproductive biology in aquatic species, and special consideration needs to be taken in the design of breeding plans for these species. Since 1971 AKVAFORSK, has continuously carried out large scale breeding research projects with salmonid species, and during the latest 15 years also with a number of fresh water and marine species. Results from this work and the results from other institutions around the world have brought forward considerable knowledge, which make the development of efficient breeding programs feasible. The genetic improvement obtained in selection programs for fish and shellfish is remarkable and much higher than what has been achieved in terrestrial farm animals.


Breedingprograms Genetics Molecular genetics Selection aquaculture environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Trygve Gjedrem
    • 1
  1. 1.AKVAFORSK, Institute of Aquaculture Research ASNorway

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"This book is the most comprehensive text covering the important aspects of genetics and selection programmes in aquaculture to date."

"All in all, this volume is the most complete and informative text on fish genetics for aquaculture."

(Aquaculture Research, 37, 2006)