Genetic improvement of hatchery propagated bivalve stocks : prospects and constraints

Type Slideshow
Date 2005-06-07
Language English
Author(s) Boudry PierreORCID
Meeting International Marine Biotechnology Conference
Keyword(s) Microsatellite markers, Crassostrea gigas, Selective breeding, Triploid, Pacific oyster, Genetic
Abstract To date, the most significant genetic improvement for the production of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) has been obtained through the production of triploids, especially since the development of tetraploids. Quantitative genetics studies suggest that significant gains, for disease resistance or other traits, could be obtained in diploids. However, the limited extent of hatchery-propagation (versus natural recruitment) and/or various technical difficulties and biological characteristics of the species have retarded the development of selective breeding programs. In the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand, family-based selective breeding programs have recently been initiated to improve growth, disease tolerance and yield. In Europe, where both natural and hatchery-propagated spat are farmed, no large scale selective breeding programs have yet been initiated. However, special attention has been paid to summer mortalities. Our studies have shown that family-based selective breeding can improve spat survival, with no impact on growth. However, a genetic trade-off between survival and reproductive allocation was shown, but was influenced by environmental variation. This might explain how additive genetic variance for fitness-related traits is maintained in wild populations. Practical difficulties in breeding large numbers of families are a major constraint for family-based selective breeding in oysters. We have shown that genetic variability exists for larval traits, which increases the imbalance in reproductive success between breeders in hatchery-propagated populations. Multiplexed-microsatellite markers can be efficiently used to trace parentage in mixed-family breeding programs. Finally, a means of introgression from genetically improved diploids to tetraploids will allow the combination of selective breeding and polyploidization.
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Boudry Pierre (2005). Genetic improvement of hatchery propagated bivalve stocks : prospects and constraints. International Marine Biotechnology Conference.