External Organisations

  • Bangor University, United Kingdom
  • University of Padua, Italy
  • Universidad Complutense, Spain
  • Katholieke Universiteit, Netherlands
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • European Commission - Joint Research Center, Italy
  • University of Bremen, Germany
  • Wildlife DNA Services, United Kingdom
  • Département Sciences & Techniques Alimentaires Marines, France
  • National Agricultural Research Foundation, Greece
  • Spanish National Foundation of Fish and Seafood Processors, Spain
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • The Centre of Molecular Genetic Identification, VNIRO, Russian Federation

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The underlying rationale of FishPopTrace was to assessand address challenges arising from the development of traceability toolswithin a forensic framework for four judiciously chosen target species: cod (Gadus morhua), hake (Merluccius merluccius), herring (Clupea harengus) and sole (Solea solea). Prevoius information onlevels of population structuring in traits such as life histories,morphometrics, genetics and physiology was used to inform sample choice. 

Thenew data was restricted to markers at two levels: 

- Routine screening:selection of markers that exhibit maximal discriminatory power to identifypopulations, though with discrete and controlled variance enabling validation(single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and otolith microchemistry andmorphometrics). Data from DNA based methods provided a mechanism fortraceability throughout the food supply chain (“fish to fork”) and indicateddiscrete spawning populations, whereas otoliths aimed at providing anindependent on-board traceability system of fish provenance. 

- Testing ofnovel tools: additional tools were tested on a selection of populations toassess validity and potential for traceability and validation, including fattyacid analysis, proteomics, gene expression analysis and the generation ofhigh-throughput microarray platforms for SNP genotyping. 

Thus, FishPopTraceprovided information relating to geography (“population tag”), as well asregional signatures that indicate biological differentiation in relation tospawning identity. 

The project was coordinated by University of Wales Bangor, UK.

The project was funded by EU, Framework Programme 7.

The project was funded by EU, Framework Programme 7.



  • Research area: Population Genetics
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