Genomics for Developing the first Canadian production ready strain of selectively bred Eastern Oyster

Principal Investigator: Louis Bernatchez
Theme : Agriculture and Bioproducts
Competition : Genome Canada competition - Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)
Status : In progress
Start : Apr. 1, 2019
End: Mar. 31, 2023
Budget : $3,800,000.00

The oyster industry in Atlantic Canada is expanding rapidly and this growth cannot be sustained by relying solely on wild-caught oyster spat, a risky strategy due to large annual variations in recruitment. The incorporation of a rigorous selective breeding program for the Eastern oyster, which would increase the profitability of oyster farms, is constrained by the lack of genomic tools (such as high-density SNP chip) which would allow implementing genomic-based selection. The overall goal of this project is to enable L’Étang Ruisseau Bar Ltée, Eastern Canada’s largest seed supplier, to produce the first production-ready strain of selectively bred Eastern oyster.


Lead Genome Centres: Genome Atlantic and Génome Québec 

Co-project leaders:

André Mallet

L’Étang Ruisseau Bar Ltée