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Developing Genetic Markers In Penaeus

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 37739
Amount: $42,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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9552 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
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This proposal is to develop genetic markers in Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) forselective breeding in a closed hatchery environment. The worldwide pond aquaculture industryis plagued by disease problems that have decimated a large part of the industry. The solution tothis problem may lie in a new industry devoted specifically to the production of seed stockgenetically selected for resistance to pathogens or other economically valuable traits. In thisproject, we will develop and test class of genetic markers called microsatellites. These markerswill permit identification of parents, offspring, and siblings, and provide tools for selecting asbroodstock that remain in the hatchery unexposed to the pathogen. Those parents, or siblingsalso retained in the hatchery, could then be used to produce pathogen resistant seed stock,thereby eliminating the need to return surviving, but potentially contaminated, animals to thehatchery where they might infect existing broodstock animals. This proposal has been developedin cooperation with Dr. Dallas Weaver, Scientific Hatcheries, Inc., who has submitted an SBIRproposal to develop a closed-system hatchery.

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