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Preliminary Assessment of Sex Inversion of Farmed Atlantic Salmon by Dietary and Immersion Androgen Treatments


Lee, PS and King, HR and Pankhurst, NW, Preliminary Assessment of Sex Inversion of Farmed Atlantic Salmon by Dietary and Immersion Androgen Treatments, North American Journal of Aquaculture , 66, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1522-2055 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1577/A03-015


Dietary and immersion treatments with the androgens 17α- methyltestosterone (MT) and 17α-methyldihydrotestosterone (MDHT) were assessed for their efficacy in the masculinization of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar. Dietary treatments with MT at 1 or 3 mg/kg food or MDHT at 1 mg/kg food for 800 degree-days resulted in 100% masculinization of all female stocks. Single or double immersion treatments of alevins in MDHT at 400 μg/L for 120 min during the period 0-28 d after median hatch resulted in significant masculinization. Immersion treatments were most effective when conducted more than 14 d after median hatch. Two immersion treatments 7 or 14 d apart resulted in masculinization levels of up to 100%, whereas single immersions yielded levels up to 77%. Immersion treatment resulted in the production of significantly more sex-inverted males with patent sperm ducts than did dietary treatment. The study shows that immersion treatments are simple and effective for androgen-induced masculinization of Atlantic salmon, that they are suitable for commercial-scale use in hatcheries, and that they offer advantages in production efficiency over dietary treatments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - Aquaculture not elsewhere classified
Author:Lee, PS (Mr Peter Lee)
Author:King, HR (Mr Henry Robert King)
Author:Pankhurst, NW (Professor Ned Pankhurst)
ID Code:31445
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-05-02

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