The University of Santiago de Compostela will bring together leading international experts in genetics in aquaculture during the celebration of the XII International Symposium on the subject, sponsored by the International Association of Genetics in Aquaculture (IAGA), it will be held from 21 to 27 June 2015 in the Galician academic institution. The International Symposium on Genetics in Aquaculture is an event of great relevance, which will convert Santiago de Compostela and its University in the international focus of this discipline for a week. It is expected to welcome more than 300 delegates, who will share the results and lines of the most advanced research in a strategic sector for Galicia and Spain in continuous international expansion.
Genetics play an important role in the development of the aquaculture, providing important resources which have given rise to the development and application of molecular markers and other valuable genomic tools for selection and improvement of production.
Genetics in aquaculture is considered as one of the mainstay for solving the major problems that avoid the final expansion of the sector.
Genetic tools and breeding programs are keys to increasing resistance to pathogens that generate big losses to industry. In addition, these tools allow increasing growth rate lowering the costs of production, and in general, improving the adaptability of species to rearing conditions, always considering the animal welfare and environmental sustainability.
Genetic applications also provide powerful tools for traceability, to maintain the quality control from the producer to the consumer.