Rutgers Shellfish Expert Available to Discuss East Coast Oyster Breeding Project

New Brunswick, N.J. (Oct. 15, 2019) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick shellfish geneticist Ximing Guo is available to comment on a five-year Rutgers-led consortium project to breed better, more disease-resistant East Coast oysters.

Improved oyster broodstock will then be made available to oyster aquaculture industry, thereby sustaining the rapidly expanding $90 million enterprise of farming eastern oysters along the East Coast.

“Oysters tend to be adapted to local environmental conditions,” said Guo, project principal investigator and Distinguished Professor at the Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory. “One goal of our project is to develop genetic strains that are adapted to different regions along the Atlantic Seaboard. While disease resistance is the most important trait for the eastern oyster, we hope to use the same technology to select for other desired traits, such as fast growth and hardiness.”

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