Improvement of Soybean Germplasm for Aquaculture Feed
Sustainable Production
GeneticsGenomicsSeed quality
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This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Ed Cahoon, University of Missouri
Co-Principal Investigators:
Tom Clemente, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
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Brief Project Summary:

The proposed research addresses the need for development of a complete soybean-based aquaculture feed. The current soybean-based feed lacks sufficient levels of EPA omega-3 fatty acids and other oil-based feed components. Because of these deficiencies, soybean-based aquaculture feed currently requires supplementation with fish oil and high-priced astaxanthin pigments, particularly for farm-raised salmon. In addition, oils with enhanced omega-3 fatty acid content are prone to oxidation, which limits the shelf life of fish due to the development of off-flavors and odors.

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#seed composition
Information And Results
Project Deliverables

The goal of this project is to develop soybean lines that provide a complete package of feed quality traits for aquaculture production, without the need for additional high-cost diet supplements. Through the use of genetic crossing and emerging synthetic biology strategies, Nebraska soybean germplasm will be developed with economically sustainable levels of EPA and astaxanthin for broad use in aquaculture feed that will be combined with a high vitamin E antioxidant trait that has been previously developed in the PI's lab to provide oxidative stability to extracted soybean oil and increased shelf-life to farmed-fish.

Final Project Results

Updated April 18, 2018:

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