Course code AQB270

AQB270 Aquaculture - Breeding and Genetics

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Course responsible: Hans Magnus Gjøen
Teachers: Bjarne Ragnar Gjerde, Matthew Peter Kent, Øivind Andersen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Last time: 2022H
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Course contents:

History, status and prospects of aquaculture

Special aspects regarding breeding plans in aquaculture

Breeding programs in salmon, tilapia, marine species and shellfish

Optimisation of fish breeding programs

The genomic toolbox used in aquaculture

Gene editing and sterile fish in aquaculture

Interaction between farmed and wild fish

Calculation of breeding values  

Designs for variance component estimation

The use of optimal contribution procedures in fish breeding programs

On the use of GMO in aquaculture

Organisation of breeding programs

Learning outcome:

Students will acquire broad knowledge in:

  • Use of traditional and modern fish breeding methods, including how specific breeding programs for various important aquaculture species are structured.
  • Important biological prerequisites for various species, tagging methods, economic and environmental assessments and the use of genetic engineering methods in aquaculture.

Students will acquire skills in:

  • Evaluate different breeding strategies that can be used in fish breeding and be able to design simple programs that both provide high genetic gain and keep inbreeding at an acceptably low level.

The student must also achieve general competence in collaboration through group work and the ability to find holistic solutions where different considerations are reflected.

Learning activities:
Lectures, independent study and colloquia/group assignment.
Teaching support:
Teacher will be available on e-mail and through individual and group supervision.
Lecture notes/slides and some additional papers. An updated reading list will be available on the course Canvas website.
HFA200 or similar courses is recommended, but not required
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge in statistics and genetics
Mandatory activity:
Written exam 2 hours in the exam period, A-F
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
26 hours of lectures, assignments and colloquium/group assignment
The last time the course is taught, the spring parallel. The course will change teaching period and be taught in the autumn from 2022.
External examiner.
Allowed examination aids: C2 All types of calculators, all other written aids
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades