Our animal breeding research
Reducing salmon disease
CSIRO scientists are working with Tasmania's Atlantic salmon growers to prevent amoebic gill disease (AGD) in salmon.
Black tiger prawn
We partnered with Australian prawn farmers to develop a new prawn that is producing record farm yields, leading to increased supplies of top quality, sustainably produced seafood.
A discovery by CSIRO scientists is central to the Australian Poll Gene Marker test, which is helping Australian cattle breeders select the best breeding cattle. It may also help the industry end the painful practice of dehorning beef cattle.
Immune competent cattle
We have shown that selection of 'immune competent' cattle can reduce the incidence of disease in Australian beef cattle, particularly in feedlots. It can improve animal welfare outcomes and reduce the use of antibiotics and chemicals in our food production systems.
Marker-assisted breeding is a technique that can be used in plants and animals to select qualities that are desirable for farmers and consumers. It uses conventional breeding approaches and does not involve transgenic approaches.