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AQ3004 - Aquaculture: Stock Improvement

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Consideration of the genetics of breeding programs and how these can be applied to improving desirable traits for aquaculture, such as growth rate, feeding efficiency, disease resistance and market acceptability. Consideration of the techniques available for genetic manipulation in aquaculture breeding programs.Topics include: genetic selection, hybridisation, effective breeding numbers, sex reversal and chromosomal manipulation.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciation of genetic polymorphism, and interpopulation and intra-population relationships;
  • appreciation of the potential and limitations of breeding programs;
  • awareness of the recent advances in biotechnology for genetic studies and genetic manipulation;
  • knowledge of the various techniques of genetic selection.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology, physiology, genetics and aquaculture, and should have completed BS2001 (or BZ2001) AND AQ2001 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) AND AQ2001
AQ3320 AQ5004


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Kyall Zenger
Lecturers: Professor Dean Jerry, Professor Kyall Zenger.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 21 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

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