Crayfish science in big win
TOWNSVILLE will soon become home to tens of thousands of very special crayfish after a fully domesticated mother hatched the eggs at the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s headquarters.
The larvae will grow to be the second generation of crayfish fully reared in captivity.
The breakthrough r esearch will open the way to selective breeding, giving researchers a chance to focus on development of commercially important traits in domesticated crayfish.
Project head Dr Mike Hall s a i d t h e p r o g r a m h a d reached some important milestones.
He said the team was able to induce breeding in crayfish all year-round through out-of-season breeding manipulation.
Identification of a new disease-causing bacteria, rearing of larvae on artificial diets and the spawning of second generation domesticated broodstock were other achievements.