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The UPCT directs an interuniversity project of genetic improvement of corvina in Águilas (13/05/2019)

Researchers from the Polytechnic of Cartagena, the University of Murcia and the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are going to develop a program of genetic improvement of croaker to enhance the production of this species and the Murcian aquaculture industry.

The project is directed by the teacher of the School of Agronomists of the UPCT Eva Armero and is funded by the Seneca Foundation, which chose this initiative and another fifteen of the UPCT in its latest call for grants for scientific and technical research projects.

The project is proposed in collaboration with the company Alevines del Sureste, belonging to the Greek group Andromeda, which has a breeding plant in Águilas that specializes in the reproduction and nursery of croaker, with the capacity to raise 4 million fingerlings.

The company is granting doctoral research in this project from a student at the Polytechnic of Cartagena.

Corvina is a fish little known in most markets and whose main producing countries are Turkey, Greece and Spain.

Within the Spanish territory the Valencian Community and Murcia are those of greater production.

"Initially we will characterize the breeding specimens, both phenotypically for the characters of industrial interest and genetically through molecular markers", explains Eva Armero.

"Taking into account heritabilities and genetic correlations of industrial relevance, the criteria for the selection of breeders will be defined," adds the researcher.

The selection of reproducers will seek to optimize the weight and size of the fish, as well as the complete quality of the fish and its meat.

Source: UPCT

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