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