New Technology for Breeding Superior Tetraploid and Triploid Eastern Oysters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2011-00359
Agency Tracking Number: 2011-00359
Amount: $97,655.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.7
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
605 COMMONWEALTH AVE, Strathmere, NJ, 08248-9998
DUNS: 963670778
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Rossi
 (509) 425-2475
Business Contact
 Tom Rossi
Title: President
Phone: (609) 425-2475
Research Institution
We presently manage the production of tetraploid oyster broodstock which is used by hatcheries along the Eastern seaboard to produce triploid oysters(triploid oysters are sterile and grow faster and larger than diploid oysters). Our tetraploid broodstock is not resistant to Dermo, a disease that frequently kills many eastern oysters. The research supported in this project will allow us to produce tetraploids in one generation. We will utilize diploid oysters, which have been bred for resistancy to Dermo, crossed with our tetraploids. The result should be tetraploid oysters that are resistant to Dermo. These tetraploids will become the broodstock for use by hatcheries to produce Dermo resistant triploids, thus combining the advantages of both technologies.

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