Farmed Saltwater Crocodiles – A genetic improvement program

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Production from farmed crocodile for the skin trade is an emerging industry that began in the mid-1980s. Research to improve the efficiency of crocodile production has so far concentrated on management -related practices, such as nutrition and housing, with a notable exception of research in the area of genetics. This publication examines a practical genetic improvement program for immediate adoption by the Australian crocodile industry, to be called CrocPLAN. Recommendations and current limitations of CrocPLAN are discussed as well as the assessment of a parentage testing kit using microsatellite markers providing a means for pedigree verification and a method of expanding the genetic improvement program beyond unitised breeding pens. 2004, Pub. No. 04/147, 130pp, $21

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