Environmental stress during early development can negatively affect later development, growth and behaviour in salmon. This project aims to increase the understanding of how epigenetic programming can influence the robustness of salmon.

PROGRESS

Programming Fish for Robustness

 Breeding and genetics    Fish health    Production biology  

PROGRESS is a strategic internal project of the institute that aims to investigate the epigenetic programming resulting from low oxygen stress during early development and how this influences the robustness of salmon.

Time:1. January 2017 – 31. December 2019
Financed by: Nofima
In cooperation with:AquaGen, University of Tromsø (Norway), University of Melbourne (Australia)
Contact person
Portrettbilde av Erik Burgerhout
Erik Burgerhout

Scientist
Phone: +47 454 46 845
erik.burgerhout@nofima.no

Environmental stress during early development can negatively affect later development, growth and behaviour in animals, including fish. Currently, there is still little insight regarding the underlying epigenetic mechanisms in salmon, but this knowledge can potentially have a large impact on future aquaculture production.

In this project, we will evaluate the effects from low oxygen treatments during early life stages on growth, hypoosmoregulatory capacity, survival, disease resistance, stress coping, and immunity in later life. Further, we utilise new genomic tools to map the underlying mechanisms causing the epigenetic effects and to develop tests that can be used to predict performance and robustness later in life.

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