When geneticists began breeding oysters in hatcheries more than 10 years ago, the goal was simple: cultivate oysters that could resist diseases that were devastating wild populations. Today, oyster growers may need more from their oysters to remain competitive. VIMS researchers Anu Frank-Lawale and Stan Allen are partnering with Peter Kube from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to identify other commercially important traits and establish methods for selecting multiple traits in a single generation. Frank-Lawale and his research team will identify important trait combinations and help growers calculate the costs and returns for different traits and trait combinations.
Project details: Anu Frank-Lawale (VIMS), Peter Kube (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), and Stan Allen (VIMS). Establishing economic weights for the VA oyster industry.