Rohu and Magur Genome Sequencing Consortium

           Project Title: Whole genome sequencing and development of allied genomic resources in two commercially important fish -Labeo rohita and Clarias batrachus


      • To generate genome sequence information and associated genomics resources for discovery of genetic mechanisms influencing traits of interest in
        commercially important fish species.

      • To develop and implement bioinformatics platforms in order to support genomics research and capacity building in the area.


      • The proposed project will generate genomic resources to facilitate understanding genome organization, its evolution and functional genomics of these two commercially important freshwater fish species.

      • The draft genome sequence of two cultivable fish species will provide the first ever reference sequence representing carp as well as catfish. Elucidation of the nucleotide sequence information, genes, markers and their association to various linkage groups in the genome will provide the tools for genetic improvement through whole genome selection by enabling identification of genes responsible for production traits.

      • The comparative genomic studies will reveal evolutionary relationship and degree of syntenic conservation among distantly as well as closely related carp and catfish species and more importantly provide the reference sequence for related fish species.
      • The genome sequence along with associated tools and derived information would be a resource for breeders, aquaculture communities,
        conservationists for making precise breeding plans, management, and identification of discrete populations and conservation of genetic diversity.
      • The generation of BACs and SNPs will facilitate physical as well as SNP maps and huge resource for simple sequence repeats for saturating marker maps.

      • The bioinformatics platform will be established at different places which would provide a strong base to undertake research and training in the area.
      • The information will help to develop an integrated cost effective Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) program in these species.


    Funding Agency

    Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

    Project Duration

    3 years (September 10, 2013 to September 9, 2016)

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