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HYBRIDISATION BETWEEN ESCAPED FARMED ATLANTIC SALMON AND BROWN TROUT; FREQUENCY, DISTRIBUTION, BEHAVIOURAL MECHANISMS AND EFFECTS ON FITNESS

Objective



The goal of the research project is to quantify and understand the effects of hybridisation between Atlantic salmon and brown trout, particularly as it relates to escapes from aquaculture.

The specific objectives are to (1) quantify interspecific hybridisation and introgression in unspoiled and genetically polluted rivers, (2) identify mecanisms of hybridisation between Atlantic salmon and brown trout, and (3) quantify the performance of F1 hybrids through various parts of the life cycle. Finally, we will address implications of hybridisation and introgression for fitness of natural populations of Atlantic salmon and brown trout.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Address
Tungasletta 2
N-7485 Trondheim
Norway

Participants (3)

Salmon Research Agency of Ireland
Ireland
Address
Furnace
Newport
Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department
United Kingdom
Address
Victoria Road
AB11 9DB Aberdeen
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
Lisburn Road 97 Medical Biology Centre
BT9 7BL Belfast