Selective Shellfish Breeding in a Digital World

Selective Breeding

The aquaculture industry has been slow to adopt quantitative genetics and selective breeding as compared with the plant and farm animal industries.  A breeding program for bivalve shellfish would be particularly promising for genetic gains based upon their relatively high fecundity (prolific spawning) and heritability’s (ability to pass on economically important traits).  These factors combined with short generation intervals and recent advances in shellfish genome sequencing could revolutionize a sustainable and nutritious food source for feeding the future.