News and events
Meet the supercharged prawn of the future
10th May 2019, JCU Media Release
Imagine a prawn that can grow twice as fast as today’s farmed prawns, and several times as large. It's better for you because it contains higher levels of omega 3, and it’s resistant to disease and sustainable to farm. And the best part? You could be eating these for Christmas lunch in just five years, because Australian farmers are producing the first generations of selectively bred prawns in a move that’s set to revolutionise the global seafood industry.
Australian scientists are racing to breed better, stronger ‘super-prawns’ to help meet the increasing demand of a global population that’s in serious need of a sustainable protein source.
Old-school breeding and high-tech genomics to boost prawns and barramundi
19 May 2018, ABC Radio National - The Science Show
Agriculture and animal production enjoy the benefits of thousands of years of breeding. Aquaculture is a range of new industries. Prawns and barramundi farming are to benefit from work being done at James Cook University in Townsville. Professor Dean Jerry describes it as a combination of the old and the new. The old is traditional breeding based on preferred physical characteristics. The new is genomics, selecting for genes known to code for the best traits.
New testing lab takes pressure off prawn farmers
4th October 2018, JCU Media Release
James Cook University have been officially accredited to test for serious disease causing pathogens in prawns – relieving pressure on stretched testing services and providing a much faster turn-around service for the Queensland aquaculture industry. The Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer has approved JCU’s state-of-the art facilities to test for White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) and Yellow Head Virus-1 (YHV-1).