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Developing a Method to Control Invasive Animals through Biotechnology

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Award date: 
Jun 14, 2012
Award amount: 
$75,000
Organization name: 
East Carolina University
Principal Investigator: 
Zhu, Yong
Grant program category: 
Research and Equipment Support
Grant program name: 
Biotechnology Research Grant
Region: 
Eastern

The PI will develop a platform technology for producing infertile fish that has potential applications for control of invasive species. The method is based on a genetic procedure and will be developed in zebra fish as a model organism. Competitive mating of sterile fish with fertile individuals would eventually reduce overall reproductive capacity achieving the goal of population control of invasive animals.

Fiscal year: 
2012