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.