Bosworth examines catfish fillets after
processing. Click the image for more information about it.
Bosworth's research (Jan. 2001)
ARS Scientist Awarded for Catfish Genetics
By Jim Core
February 9, 2005
National news release
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 Research to improve catfish yield and
quality through genetic selection has earned Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist
Bosworth an award as the agency's "Mid South Area Early Career
Scientist of 2004."
The "early career" award is given to ARS scientists who have made
outstanding scientific contributions, have worked for the agency seven years or
less, and have completed their highest academic degree within the past 10
years. The agency's Mid South Area includes research locations in Mississippi,
Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Alabama. ARS is the
U.S. Department of Agricultures chief
scientific research agency.
Bosworth is based at the
Genetics Research Unit, part of the ARS
Whitten Delta States Research Center in Stoneville, Miss.
"Dr. Bosworth has demonstrated originality and inventiveness in
developing techniques to predict fillet size in live fish," said ARS
Administrator Edward B. Knipling. During a ceremony at USDA headquarters today,
Bosworth received a plaque and a cash award from Knipling. He also will receive
additional research funding.
Bosworth was part of a team that developed a new line of improved catfish
germplasm, NWAC103. The line was named in recognition of the Thad Cochran
National Warmwater Aquaculture Center (NWAC) in Stoneville, where it
was released jointly by ARS and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment
Station in 2001.
The release of this catfish line was the largest in the history of the
industry, and by 2002 the line comprised approximately 14 percent of U.S.
catfish production. The new line is a channel catfish, the most commonly raised
catfish species. The catfish industry in the United States has a farm-gate
value of about $400 million.
In addition, Bosworth designed equipment to make it easier to evaluate
genetic and environmental factors that influence catfish yield and quality. He
collaborated with Mississippi State
University nutritionists to determine the effects of dietary protein levels
on meat yield in catfish.
Bosworth earned his bachelor's degree in biology from
Iowa State University, his master's
degree in fisheries from Louisiana
State University and a doctorate in fisheries from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University. He lives in Cleveland, Miss., with his wife Mari and their two
children: daughter Briana, 11, and son Nicholas, 9.