Aquaculture Genome Coordination Report for 2006

John Liu

USDA NRSP-8 Aquaculture Coordinator


Coordination structure: Over two hundreds of species are significantly used in aquaculture in the world, a good fraction of which are cultured in the US. However, with limited resources, only six major "species groups" were officially involved in the NRSP-8 Aquaculture Genome efforts. They are: catfish (mainly channel catfish, blue catfish, and their hybrids), tilapia (four species are under study), salmonids (most importantly Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout), striped bass (mainly striped bass, white bass, and their hybrids), shrimp (at least four species heavily used in aquaculture), and oysters (the Pacific oyster and the eastern oyster). Coordination of such a broad range of research activities has proven not to be easy. In order to achieve a good level of coordination, an executive committee was established including the following: John Liu, NRSP-8 Aquaculture coordinator; Melanie Wilson, Catfish coordinator; Thomas Kocher, Tilapia coordinator; Caird Rexroad, Salmonids coordinator; Mark Westerman, Striped bass coordinator/industry rep; Paul Gross, Shrimp coordinator; Pat Gaffney, Oyster coordinator. Industry reps and administrative advisor are also members of the Executive Committee. Each year, we elect a Chair for the Executive Committee, who also serves as the organizer for the Aquaculture Genome Workshop held along with PAG.

Coordination activities: In the past year, coordination efforts were focused on enhancing collaborations through the formation of Genome Consortium for several major aquaculture species. Through organized effort, our goal was to increase the level of research efforts per species, particularly through exploration of other possibilities such as persuading JGI and NIH to produce some sequence-related genome resources. Our major coordination efforts included, but not limited to: