Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
3 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial fortnightly
1 x 3-hour practical fortnightly
Prerequisites
1 BIOL1101 - Evolution of Biological Diversity
2 1 of BIOL1102, BIOL1112
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
BIOL8831 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Skills and knowledge such as can be found in BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity and BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life.
Topic description
The topic deals with the reproductive biology and applied genetics of fish and other aquacultured species such as molluscs and crustaceans. Students will gain an understanding of the complex interplay of environmental, physiological and genetic factors that influence reproductive development in a variety of aquacultured species. This topic delivers the knowledge of the genetic characterisation of wild and domesticated fish stocks and the applications of population genetics techniques. The topic will also cover the techniques and technologies used by aquaculturists to manage and manipulate broodstock, gametes, embryonic and larval stages to maximise productivity.
Educational aims
  1. Provide students with a detailed understanding of the physiological and environmental factors affecting broodstock conditioning, spawning, hatching and larval rearing in aquaculture species
  2. Apply management practices to monitor and control breeding of species under captivity
  3. Understand the impact of genetic factors on aquaculture-relevant outcomes
  4. Apply genetic tools in characterising, managing and enhancing the genetic basis of commercially important stocks of aquatic species
  5. Foster skills in laboratory practicals, writing reports and ability to critically analyse aquaculture literature
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Manage broodstock conditioning and spawning under captivity for major aquacultured species
  2. Manage hatching and larval rearing in aquaculture hatcheries
  3. Apply genetic tools towards improving the quality of broodstocks of aquatic species
  4. Work as a team player to apply scientific knowledge in hatchery production
  5. Communicate with a variety of audience in written and oral forms