Saturday, July 3, 2010
perfect prawn - world record set by CSIRO
SYDNEY, Australia -- After 10 years of careful breeding
and research, scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific
Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the prawn industry
have bred an improved Black Tiger prawn which have won five
gold medals at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the past two
years, including Champion of Show, the highest award possible
, setting the world record for the Most
Scientists from CSIRO's Food Futures Flagship
used DNA technology to guarantee the breeding programme includes
the best black tiger prawn stocks and boosts their performance
each breeding season.
CSIRO's development partner, Marine Aquaculture,
has this year achieved average yields of 17.5 tonnes per hectare
- more than double the industry average. Several ponds produced
20 tonnes per hectare, and one a world-record yield of 24.2
tonnes per hectare.
Research chief Nigel Preston said the 'World's
Most perfect Prawn' would grow well in the Top End.
"Northern Australia is absolutely perfect," he said. The original
stock for the program came from the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Dr Preston said developing an Australian
prawn that breeds in captivity was "completely sustainable"
and was a "major gain" for the industry and the consumer.
He said the "huge yields" could be replicated "year after
The scientist said that if the rest of Australian
aquaculturists adopted the new breeding technology, the nation's
production could increase from 5000 tonnes per year to 12,500
tonnes, adding $120 million annually to the value of the industry
Marine Aquaculture manager Nick Moore said:
"Not only have we achieved national and international yield
records with no reduction in quality or taste, these prawns
are grown in a specially designed, environmentally sustainable
"This production system and the new
breeds have produced a perfect prawn with beautifully textured
meat, a rich colour, robust size and a great taste."
Subscribe to our RSS
News feed to receive updates.
Related world records:
genetically engineered trout - Sean Konrad
synthetic life form -
J. Craig Venter Institute
scientific project -The Large Hadron Collider Project
periodic table of elements - Fossil Ridge students
Pi Chain - Qatar International School
model of a DNA gene - Huddersfield University
Saturday, July 3, 2010