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Characterisation, utilisation and maintenance of biological diversity for the diversification and sustainability of catfish culture in South-East Asia

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Reference no: ID P103/3E970001 , UNIT 103/2218
Period: November 1996 till October 1999
Status: Completed

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  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), more, co-ordinator
  • KU Leuven (KULeuven), more, partner
  • Koninklijk Museum voor Midden Afrika (KMMA), more, partner

Catfishes are important aquatic resources in SE Asia where their culture represents about 70.000 ton annually. In order to provide a sound basis for the diversification, optimisation and sustainability of catfish culture, the proposed research seaks
(1) to obtain a better knowledge of available genetic resources that could be used for aquaculture,
(2) to implement monitoring tools for the maintenance of genetic diversity in cultivated fishstocks,
(3) to present a preliminary evaluation of genetical and parasitological impacts of exotic catfish on wild populations,
(4) to identify new species or strains of aquaculture interest and
(5) to establish appropriated artificial propagation techniqes in selected strategic species.

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