Mono-sex culture



The attributes of gender selection in animal breeding and the ability to form an agro-technical infrastructure around it which improves performance is already well established in most farmed species such as cattle, poultry and fish. Crustaceans present clear dimorphic growth patterns between sexes: Average size, specific growth rate, feed conversion efficiency and social behavior are just a few parameters specifically linked to gender. Despite these differences, crustacean aquaculture is still predominantly based on a product of mixed populations which suppresses most sexual dimorphic growth patterns. Studies in shrimp, prawns and crayfish have all demonstrated the advantages of mono-sex populations: culturing mono-sex populations produces higher yields with greater commercial value for both growers and hatcheries.

Enzootic has developed a unique and innovative technology for producing all-female populations of crustaceans. The technology was published in Marine Biotechnology in September 2016.

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  • Additional Products
    Enzootic is currently engaged in the development and commercialization of a number of innovative and exciting products for the crustacean aquaculture industry.
    All-Female Prawn
    In the most important freshwater prawn cultured species, the giant river prawn M. rosenbergii, males present a clear size advantage over females, which is mostly attributed to social ...
    All-Female Shrimp
    Based on the success of the All-Female technology in M. rosenbergii, Enzootic is currently implementing the same technology in L. vannamei shrimp. Dimorphic growth patterns between sexes ...