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AQ5804 - Aquaculture: Stock Improvement Techniques

[Not offered in 2022]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

For aquaculture to grow and address future food security the speed and efficiency of animal production needs to be a priority. This subject is designed to introduce the different genetic and breeding approaches used in aquaculture to increase farm productivity and sustainability. The subject is specifically tailored for the applied use of genetics in aquaculture incorporating - i)the benefits and constraints of aquaculture specific breeding programs and how these can be manipulated for improving desirable traits for aquaculture, such as growth rate, feeding efficiency, disease resistance and market acceptability; and ii)the breadth of techniques available for genetic improvement in aquaculture breeding programs. Major topics include stock genetic diversity, selective breeding techniques, hybridization, sex reversal, chromosomal manipulation and biotechnology breeding applications

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciation of genetic polymorphism and inter-population and intra-population relationships;
  • Appreciation of the potential and limitations of breeding programs for aquaculture species;
  • Awareness of the recent advances in biotechnology for genetic studies and genetic manipulation;
  • Knowledge of the various techniques of genetic selection.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (20%) - Individual.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (eg marine biology, biology or aquaculture) or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study or industry experience. They should have an excellent understanding of science subjects including basic biology, chemistry, aquaculture and statistics
Prerequisites: AQ5806 or equivalent
AQ3004 AQ5004

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