About the Salmon Louse Genome Project

The salmon louse (Leopeophtheirus salmonis) is one of the major challenges for salmon aqualculture - an important industry in Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, USA and Chile. As resistance against delousing agents have emerged repeatedly and now affects all available delousing chemotherapeutics (though, allegedly, not in all countries), significant research towards salmon louse control is being conducted. Consequently research has also been conducted towards better understanding of the molecular fundament facilitating the success of the salmon louse. A critical resource missing has been a completely sequenced genome and the Salmon Louse Genome Project was therefore initiated in 2010.

By 2012 the salmon louse 600 Mbp genome has been sequenced to significant coverage (<300X) using Sanger, 454 and Illumina sequencing (both shotgun and PE libraries). Several assembly strategies have been pursued and a pipeline for comparing assemblies has been established. A number of selected assemblies have been annotated in cooperation with European Bioinformatics Institute. The project is progressing towards a final assembly before summer 2012 and a final annotation by the end of 2012. The salmon louse genome is expected to be published in 2013. Until publishing, interested parties can get conditional access to the data by emailing Rasmus Skern-Mauritzen or Ketil Malde.

The project is funded mainly by The Institute of Marine Research with significant contributions from The Salmon Louse Research Centre (SLRC), Marine Harvest and The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund.

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