Start Date: May 15, 2005
End Date: May 14, 2010
Bacterial and viral pathogens will be used to challenge F2 transgenic fish and those that exhibit resistance to one or more of the pathogens will be bred together as the initial stages for development of a true-breeding stock. In addition, the production of gynogens from the eggs of resistant animals will be attempted to shorten the time to make the genes completely homozygous. Rainbow trout macrophages will be treated with cecropins and the expression of genes will be monitored by the use of cDNA subtraction hybridization. This technique will allow the identification of the genes which play a role in the adaptive immune response in rainbow trout. Finally, the development of rainbow trout broodstock with increased muscle growth will be attempted by use of the RNAi gene constructs to down-regulate the MSTN gene. Preliminary results suggest that this approach will lead to strains with enhanced somatic growth rate, reducing the costs for care, feeding and rearing space.