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May 6, 2015

Australia

Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding

 

The Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ARC ITRH) for Advanced Prawn Breeding has received $3.9 million from the Federal Government to undertake research leading to a significant boost in the productivity of the Australian shrimp farming industry.

 

Professor Dean Jerry, James Cook University’s (JCU), head of Aquaculture and Fisheries and Director of the new Hub, said the project will focus on developing the world’s most advanced breeding program for the giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon).  He said, “The end result being shrimp that grow faster, are more disease-tolerant and...will retain outstanding eating qualities.  Ultimately the program will mean increased productivity and international competitiveness for the Australian industry.”

 

The Hub is hosted by JCU and involves industry and research partners, including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the University of Sydney, the Australian Genome Research Facility and the University of Gent (Belgium).  The hub will work in conjunction with industry partner, Seafarms, Australia’s largest shrimp farming operation, which has 52 shrimp ponds at a site just south of Cardwell, Queensland.

 

Information: Kristin Nunn, Research Project Officer, James Cook University, ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding, Sir George Fisher Building 32, Townsville, Queensland 4811 (phone +61-7-4781- 6318, email kristin.nunn@jcu.edu.au, webpage https://research.jcu.edu.au/itrh-apb).

 

Information: Professor Dean Jerry, Hub Director, James Cook University, ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding, Sir George Fisher Building 32, Townsville, Queensland 4811 (phone +61-07-4781-5586, email dean.jerry@jcu.edu.au, webpage https://research.jcu.edu.au/itrh-apb).

 

Source: Public.jcu.edu.au.  Unleashing the Australian Tiger Prawn Onto the World.  May 5, 2015.

 

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