Oyster farming to benefit from new genetic screening tool

Similar selective breeding techniques already used to improve health and productivity of farmed salmon stocks and land-based livestock.

Oyster farmers are set to benefit from a new genetic tool that will help prevent disease outbreaks and improve yields.

The technology will enable hatcheries to rapidly assess the genetic makeup of their oysters so they can select animals with desirable characteristics for breeding purposes.

Dr. Ross Houston and colleagues at The Roslin Institute in Scotland have developed a chip loaded with tens of thousands of pieces of DNA — each carrying a specific fragment of the oys

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