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Developing a breeding program for atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

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Title: Developing a breeding program for atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
Author: Dowker, Robyn Mireille
Department: Department of Animal and Poultry Science
Program: Animal and Poultry Science
Advisor: Robinson, J. A. B.
Abstract: Atlantic salmon aquaculture is becoming increasingly popular in Pacific Canada. As production increases, more efficient methods for breeding practices are needed. It was the goal of this project to develop a breeding program that would incorporate molecular information in addition to phenotypic information for this aquaculture species. Following identification of significantly linked SNPs in the Atlantic salmon genome, a Marker Assisted Selection program was developed to include this information in a selection index. A comprehensive, forward thinking selection index was developed based on an alternative breeding objective to place emphasis on meat quality traits in addition to meat yield ones.
Date: 2014-01
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