Research on the selective breeding of whitefish
Selective breeding is a widely used method that improves both the productivity and product quality of domestic animals. European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) is a new species in food fish farming; it has only been farmed for a few generations. With selective breeding, the characteristics of the partly wild whitefish can be improved for farming purposes.
The goal of the project
The project formulates an efficient whitefish breeding programme that offers optimal financial benefit. The heritability values of different production parameters and product qualities are studied, and their significance for different agents in the value chain is assessed. With the help of the programme, it is possible to make breeding decisions based on the characteristics that give the highest benefit to the whole value chain: from primary production to the fish shop. The programme is split into four projects: Market and economic studies (FGFRI, Turku), Sea farming and product quality studies (FGFRI Rymättylä), Nutrition studies (FGFRI Laukaa) and Formulating and optimizing the breeding programme (Agrifood Research Finland and FGFRI Tervo).
Scientist in charge of project
Jyväskylä Game and Fisheries Research
Survontie 9 FI-40500 Jyväskylä, Finland
Phone +35820 575 1516
Other research staff: Kari Ruohonen, Jari Setälä, Markus Kankainen, Susanna Airaksinen and Tapio Kiuru from FGRI
Antti Kause, Cheryl Quinton ja Esa Mäntysaari from MTT Agrifood Research Finland
Cooperation: MTT Agrifood Research Finland