scallop shells Photo: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast
For this study, researchers at Bielefeld analyzed the appearance and the genes of 180 scallops from the coast of Northern Ireland.

Cultivated scallop populations develop distinct genetic structure

Study uses new RAD sequencing procedure to analyze DNA and finds that external characteristics of scallops likely depend on their surroundings.

The scallop is one of the largest edible mollusks and is considered a delicacy by many gourmands. To meet demand for the scallop, the fishing industry cultivates these shellfish in coastal aquafarms.

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