We contribute to aquaculture sustainability, food security, and animal welfare with world-class research in genetics and health.

Salmon, oysters, and shrimp--species studied at the Roslin Institute.

The Roslin Institute's aquaculture research team studies ways to improve sustainability in the industry. We do so through our use of state-of-the-art genetic and genomic technologies and through our world-leading research, which is focused on understanding the genetic basis of disease resistance.

Our research themes

The aquaculture research team centres its study on five key goals:

  • Enhancing animal health and welfare through study into the genetic basis of disease resistance

  • Applying our research on disease resistance to breeding schemes

  • Improving our understanding of the genomes of aquaculture species through genome functional annotation

  • Understanding the consequences of whole-genome duplications for productive traits

  • Developing strategies for cost-effective genomic selection in aquaculture breeding programmes

These goals define the research we undertake and how we work with other universities and industry partners.

Our team and projects

Over the past several years, the aquaculture team at the Roslin Institute has grown significantly. Each of Roslin's aquaculture research groups works toward their own specific goals and contributes to ongoing research, writing, and projects across the academic and industry spheres. 

The Roslin Institute research groups also collaborate internally on many projects and University programmes, allowing us to benefit from shared insight in all the work we produce. We are proud of both our diverse areas of expertise and our capacity to collaborate across intrepid projects. 

You can access more information about our research groups and aquaculture team through the People page.

You can learn more about current and previous projects and events through the News page. 

The species we study

An important part of our research is focused on Atlantic salmon. We also work with other economically important aquatic animals such as:

  • oysters
  • tilapia
  • shrimp
  • carp
  • sea bream
  • sea bass

Our research produces original essays and reviews, which provide further detail into the work we do and how to apply it for a more sustainable industry.  

You can access the most recent of these published materials on the Publications page. 

We use state-of-the-art facilities to conduct our research; our Aquaculture Genetics Research Facility (AGRF) allows us to better study early-life stages in farmed freshwater fish and assists us in our research on disease resistance.

You can find more information about our facilities on the Research Aquaria page.