About us

The Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ARC ITRH) for Advanced Prawn Breeding is a consortium involving researchers and industry from James Cook University, CSIRO, Australian Genome Research Facility, University of Sydney and Seafarms Group.

The goal of the Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding is to develop and transfer to the farmed black tiger prawn industry the capacity to benefit from advanced genomic-informed breeding programs. It will achieve this through:

  • developing comprehensive genomic resources for the black tiger prawn including a draft genome,
  • acquiring necessary quantitative genetic information for traits along with the development of industrial-scale disease testing and phenotypic data collection processes,
  • developing genetic algorithms to allow a multi-trait genomic selection approach to be practiced in breeding programs.

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Key figures

  • 79,425 prawns: phenotyped and sampled. This is in excess of 130k (132,288) tissue samples and over 429k (429,512) phenotypic measurements.
  • 30 researchers: world-leading animal geneticists, research and service providers, Australia's largest prawn farm achieving the most advanced and industry transformative improvement program for any prawn/shrimp species globally.
  • One transcriptome: assembly of the most comprehensive transcriptome for a crustacean species including 9 adult tissue types and 8 larval stages. This will help identifying genes associated with growth, disease resistance and other commercially important factors, as well as aid with the annotation of the draft genome.