Location: Aquatic Animal Health Research
Project Number: 6010-32000-027-007-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: May 1, 2019
End Date: Apr 30, 2022
ARS and the Auburn University Black Bass Initiative (AUBBI) agree to explore and coordinate research activities of mutal interest related to improving the understanding of growth rates and resistance to bacterial, viral, or parasitic disease exhibited by distinct genetic blackgrounds of black bass including but not limited to Florida bass, Northern bass, and their F1 and F2 hybrids.
This agreement will enable ARS scientists and AUBBI scientists and staff to participate in specific projects where research animals will be reared in earthen ponds, tanks, and related systems. Fish will be monitored and assays will be performed to determine the influence of genetic background on key traits such as growth rate, survivability, catchability, body composition, resistance to disease, and marketability/consumer preference.