Use of genomic information in mass-spawning fish

C. Massault

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


This thesis uses the current genetic and genomic resources to permit genetic improvement of stress response in European sea bass and disease resistance in gilthead sea bream, two traits of economical importance. One way to integrate such genetic knowledge into breeding programmes, is to detect for quantitative trait loci (QTLs), which are regions of the genome influencing a specific trait. The first step was to design successful experiments to detect QTLs in aquaculture species. The next part of the thesis focuses on QTL mapping in natural mating mass-spawning species, which have complex population structure (variable family sizes). Finally, the possibilities of using genomic selection for mass-spawning species, where natural mating is used, were investigated.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • van Arendonk, Johan, Promotor
  • Bovenhuis, Henk, Co-promotor
  • de Koning, D.J., Co-promotor
Award date30 Jun 2010
Place of Publication[S.l.
Print ISBNs9789085856887
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • quantitative trait loci
  • aquaculture
  • dicentrarchus labrax
  • pagrus aurata
  • spawning
  • morphometrics
  • stress response
  • pasteurellosis
  • selective breeding
  • genomics
  • animal genetics

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    QTL Mapping for Aquaculture Species

    Massault, C., Bovenhuis, H. & van Arendonk, J.


    Project: PhD

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