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A tale of two hatcheries - latest research published

Congratulations to Sarah-Louise Counter Selly on the publication of her first research paper in the journal AquacultureA tale of two hatcheries: Assessing bias in the hatchery process for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). 

A scientific consensus on salmon stocking

A scientific consensus document emanating from the Salmon Stocking Conference: Boosting salmon numbers: is stocking the answer or the problem? IBIS and the Atlantic Salmon Trust, 27-28 November 2013, Marriott Hotel, Glasgow; is now available on the conference website


Exeter scientists seek toad fly samples

Specimens of toad fly needed!

The toad fly, Lucilia bufonivora, is as an obligate parasite of toads and frogs in Britain and Europe; it causes considerable suffering to infested host amphibians. Infestations typically begin in the nasal cavities and can spread rapidly throughout the head, leading to blindness and a lingering death. This fly is recognised as the only obligate parasitic blowfly species in Britain and to date, only a handful of specimens of this enigmatic fly species have been studied.

Development of a rapid diagnostic test for chytrid fungus affecting amphibians world-wide

Picture of mass of dead frogs due to chytridiomycosis

A team of Exeter scientists working closely with Paignton Zoo, hope to prevent the spread of the amphibian fungal disease Chytridiomycosis by developing a quick and easy tool to detect the presence of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in the field.

Exploring sea trout movements along the English coast

Tune into the BBC news on-line to hear Dr Andy King talk about his genetic analysis of sea trout as part of the AARC project.

In this short overview, Andy elucidates the objectives and methodology used in the Atlantic Aquatic Resorce Conservation (AARC) project to explore the marine movements of sea trout in waters off the south coast of England. 


DNA testing helps protect wild salmon from illegal fishing

You're looking at a salmon on a fishmonger's slab. How can you tell whether it is a wild salmon or a farmed fish?

Congratulations to Andy Bowkett and Sarah-Louise Counter

Congratulations to Andy Bowkett and Sarah-Louise Counter, who submitted their PhDs today!

Very well done. 

The origins of Atlantic salmon re-colonizing the river Mersey

This study genotyped 138 adult salmon sampled between 2001 – 2011 from the river Mersey; we used assignment analysis, based on 14 microsatellite loci and the recently compiled pan-European SALSEA-Merge baseline, to identify the most probable region of origin of adult fish entering the river – to date, no smolt run has been observed in the river and only three juvenile fish have been sampled.


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