Science China Life Sciences

, Volume 58, Issue 2, pp 187–201 | Cite as

Development and application of biological technologies in fish genetic breeding

  • Kang Xu
  • Wei Duan
  • Jun Xiao
  • Min Tao
  • Chun Zhang
  • Yun Liu
  • ShaoJun Liu
Open Access
Review Special Topic: Fish biology and biotechnology


Fish genetic breeding is a process that remolds heritable traits to obtain neotype and improved varieties. For the purpose of genetic improvement, researchers can select for desirable genetic traits, integrate a suite of traits from different donors, or alter the innate genetic traits of a species. These improved varieties have, in many cases, facilitated the development of the aquaculture industry by lowering costs and increasing both quality and yield. In this review, we present the pertinent literatures and summarize the biological bases and application of selection breeding technologies (containing traditional selective breeding, molecular marker-assisted breeding, genome-wide selective breeding and breeding by controlling single-sex groups), integration breeding technologies (containing cross breeding, nuclear transplantation, germline stem cells and germ cells transplantation, artificial gynogenesis, artificial androgenesis and polyploid breeding) and modification breeding technologies (represented by transgenic breeding) in fish genetic breeding. Additionally, we discuss the progress our laboratory has made in the field of chromosomal ploidy breeding of fish, including distant hybridization, gynogenesis, and androgenesis. Finally, we systematically summarize the research status and known problems associated with each technology.


fish genetic breeding genetic improvement biological method traits new variety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kang Xu
    • 1
  • Wei Duan
    • 1
  • Jun Xiao
    • 1
  • Min Tao
    • 1
  • Chun Zhang
    • 1
  • Yun Liu
    • 1
  • ShaoJun Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Protein Chemistry and Fish Developmental Biology of Ministry of Education of China, College of Life SciencesHunan Normal UniversityChangshaChina

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