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Tetraploid Pacific Oysters for "All-Triploid" Production

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
34443
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
34443
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Whiskey Creek Oyster Farm
2905 Bayshore Road Tillamook, OR 97141
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Tetraploid Pacific Oysters for "All-Triploid" Production
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $230,000.00
 

Abstract:

In the last decade, triploid Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) have become an important component of the oyster culture industry in the Pacific Northwest. Because of their reduced gonadal development, triploid oysters provide a high quality product which can be marketed year-round. Currently, triploid Pacific oysters are induced primarily by inhibiting the second polar body with cytochalasin B. There are major limitations to the use of CB, but these limitations would be eliminated if triploid oysters could be produced by crossing diploids and tetraploids. After more than a decade of attempts to produce tetraploid oysters, success was finally achieved in 1993. This novel technique, in retrospect, is quite simple and success depends on a number of variables, almost none of them explored in any systematic way. For commercial production of triploids using tetraploids as brood stock, the rate limiting process is obtaining the tetraploids in the first place, but we do not know whether the tetraploid induction technique, developed in the lab, is transferable to a commercial hatchery. The proposed project is designed to test the repeatability of the tetraploid induction process in a commercial setting, and to explore variables in the induction process that might improve yields of tetraploids.

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Lee W. Hanson
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Whiskey Creek Oyster Farm
2905 Bayshore Road Tillamook, OR 97141

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No