Nick Elliott leads research on new technologies for improving aquaculture production in Australia.
Dr Nick Elliott: improving aquaculture productivity
Dr Nick Elliott leads a multi-disciplinary team involved in the research, development and application of new technologies for improving aquaculture production in Australia.
1 August 2007 | Updated 14 October 2011
Dr Nick Elliott is the Aquaculture Stream Leader with the Breed Engineering Theme of the Food Futures Flagship and a Project Leader with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.
He is based at the Hobart laboratories of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.
Dr Elliott leads research relating to the development and management of industry-based selective breeding programs for the Atlantic salmon, abalone and Pacific oyster industries.
His research includes:
development of a DNA vaccine against an external gill parasite
genetics of disease resistance
molecular markers for pedigree identification
understanding sex determination in aquaculture species
improving breeding selection
novel technologies for individual animal identification
measurement of complex traits such as product quality.
The research benefits from strong partnerships Dr Elliott developed with aquaculture industry representatives, national and international universities, and other research groups.
Dr Elliott and his colleagues are developing selective breeding programs for Australia's Atlantic salmon, Pacific oyster and abalone industries.
Dr Elliott has a special interest in ensuring the product quality and health benefits of seafood are maximised through aquaculture breeding programs.
After a joining CSIRO in a science management role in 1984 Dr Elliott developed expertise in molecular genetics and an interest in applying genetics to enhance the fledgling aquaculture industry.
Dr Elliott has completed both a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Ecology, and a Doctorate, at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
His doctoral research focussed on the use of marine molluscs as sentinel organisms for monitoring heavy metal pollution in the marine environment.
Dr Elliott was a co-author of the books:
These books outlined the oil content and composition of Australian commercial fishes, shellfishes and crustaceans.
Dr Elliott is active in postgraduate student supervision and encourages the inclusion of students in both strategic and industry-focussed research.
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