Innovation

Benchmark Genetics is a world-leader in breeding and genetics for aquaculture. By combining our long-established breeding programs and the latest genomic tools, we help aquaculture producers increase quality, yield, health, and welfare of their animals.

Benchmark Genetics is a world-leader in breeding and genetics for aquaculture.

By combining our long-established breeding programs and the latest genomic tools, we help aquaculture producers increase quality, yield, health, and animal welfare.

Our in-house breeding programs include Atlantic salmon, vannamei shrimp and tilapia. We also support a significant number of selected breeding programs across the world for commercial species such as sea bass, sea bream, rainbow trout, and coho salmon.

Our innovation – your benefit

Bilde av Morten Rye - Head of Genetics

Our breeding programmes and genetic support deliver strains that improve cost of production by increasing the value of the end product and reducing the losses from disease challenge. Our offering drives consistency in supply and supports the long-term growth and sustainability of our customers business.

Morten Rye, Head of Genetics, Benchmark Genetics

Each individual male fish used as breeding candidates represents tremendous values, and such a risk reduction is important both for us as a company but also to ensure that the industry is not left without the latest and best breeding material if something unforeseen should happen.

Rosana Estevez, Cryolab Manager, Benchmark Genetics

R&D institute collaborations

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Selection methods

We aim to be at the forefront of technology by continuously evaluating new techniques, including gene editing. In the early phases of our breeding program for Atlantic salmon, the selection was based on mass selection on phenotypes such as growth, body shape and early maturation.

Gene Editing

Using enzyme complexes such as CRISPR-Cas9 and TALENS that edit the DNA sequence Gene Editing (GE) can be used to make precisely targeted changes in the genomes of plants and animals. Such mutations would occur naturally in populations of plants and animals but at a very low level. This GE technology gives geneticists a new set of very powerful tools to improve efficiency, health and welfare.

Cryopreservation

The technology of cryopreservation helps us preserve the best genes and contributes to the progress of the aquatic industry.

Learn more about the use of Genomic Selection for sea-lice resistance

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