The ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding will work with industry to acquire the essential genetic and phenotypic data to instigate highly efficient multi-trait selective breeding programs for the black tiger prawn. The ARC ITRH will coalesce world-leading animal geneticists, research and service providers, and Australia's largest prawn farm, and gather the genomic resources, commercial phenotypic data, and apply cutting-edge genetic and genomic selection methodologies, leading to the most advanced and industry transformative improvement program for any prawn/shrimp species globally.

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Family Production

Breeding the perfect prawn

The Family Production work package focuses on producing the families needed to develop the specific phenotypic and genetic resources required within the project.

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Genomic Sequence

Black tiger prawn draft genome

The Genome Sequence workpackage  will aim to produce a comprehensive draft genome and tissue-specific transcriptome of the black tiger prawn.

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Genomic Resources

Black tiger prawn genetic map

Understanding black tiger prawn genome structure and trait architecture is an important prerequisite of any advanced genetic selective breeding program

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Phenotype Acquisition

Getting industry ready

The Phenotype acquistion workpackage will develop industrial-scale collection procedures and obtain phenotypic data for commercially important traits.

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Genomic prediction

A genomic selection breeding approach

The Genonomic Prediction work package  involves the estimation of genetic parameters (heritability, genetic correlations, GxE) along with the development and evaluation of advanced genomic selection and breeding techniques.

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