Detection of QTL affecting harvest traits in a commercial Atlantic salmon population

Ross Houston, S. C. Bishop, A. Hamilton, D. R. Guy, A. E. Tinch, J. B. Taggart, A. Derayat, B. J. McAndrew, C. S. Haley

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Genetic variation in performance and quality traits measured at harvest has previously been demonstrated in Atlantic salmon aquaculture populations. To map major loci underlying this variation, we utilized data from 10 families from a commercial breeding programme. Significant QTL were detected affecting harvest weight and length traits on linkage group 1, and affecting waste weight on linkage group 5. In total, 11 of the 29 linkage groups examined showed at least suggestive evidence for a QTL. These data suggest that major loci affecting economically important harvest characteristics are segregating in commercial salmon populations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-755
Number of pages3
JournalAnimal Genetics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Atlantic salmon
  • harvest traits
  • marker-assisted selection
  • QTL
  • recombination

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