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Partners plan customised genotyping service

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
25 June 2021, at 8:15am

Two of the world's leading aquaculture biotechnology firms have announced plans to jointly deliver genotyping services customised to the needs of individual aquaculture producers.

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) and Neogen say that they will apply modern sequencing and genotyping technologies to aquaculture species, leveraging their complementary expertise "to enable organisations of any size to realise the benefits of increased accuracy of selection and gains in performance by incorporating genetic markers into their selective breeding programmes".

CAT's facilities on Prince Edward Island, Canada
CAT's facilities on Prince Edward Island, Canada

“We are very excited to have Neogen as a partner — they are world leaders in agricultural genotyping, and it’s a great complement to our expertise in the aquaculture industry,” said John Buchanan, CEO of CAT. “They have been great partners, and we are looking forward to working closely with them on projects in the future.”

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with the Center for Aquaculture Technologies and continue providing innovative genomic solutions that strengthen our global food chain,” said John Adent, Neogen’s president and CEO. “Together, we can empower members of the aquaculture sector to make more informed breeding decisions.”

“CAT’s expertise in the aquaculture industry and our global leadership within the world of genomics make us the perfect partners going forward,” says Marylinn Munson, Neogen vice president of genomics. “In partnership with CAT, we will be able to create new products and solutions that enrich the aquaculture sector and ensure sustainable farming at every level.”

The partnership is aligned with CAT’s commitment to maintaining exceptional service while increasing efficiency and ensuring a quick turnaround time for sample processing. Two tools that facilitate genomic selection and marker identification have already emerged from this collaboration: 50K genotyping arrays for North American Atlantic salmon and whiteleg shrimp (L. vannamei) are now commercially available through CAT. CAT welcomes the opportunity to develop custom tools to promote genetic improvement in other aquatic species.