Genomics in Eels - Towards Aquaculture and Biology

Yuki Minegishi, Christiaan V. Henkel, Ron P. Dirks, Guido E.E.J.M. van den Thillart

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Freshwater eels (genus Anguilla), especially the species inhabiting the temperate areas such as the European, American and Japanese eels, are important aquaculture species. Although artificial reproduction has been attempted since the 1930s and large numbers of studies have been conducted, it has not yet fully succeeded. Problems in eel artificial breeding are highly diverse, for instance, lack of basic information about reproduction in nature, no appropriate food for larvae, high mortality, and high individual variation in adults in response to maturation induction. Over the last decade, genomic data have been obtained for a variety of aquatic organisms. Recent technological advances in sequencing and computation now enable the accumulation of genomic information even for non-model species. The draft genome of the European eel Anguilla anguilla has been recently determined using Illumina technology and transcriptomic data based on next generation sequencing have been emerging. Extensive genomic information will facilitate many aspects of the artificial reproduction of eels. Here, we review the progress in genome-wide studies of eels, including additional analysis of the European eel genome data, and discuss future directions and implications of genomic data for aquaculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-590
Number of pages8
JournalMarine Biotechnology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct


  • Anguilla
  • Aquaculture
  • Genome
  • Next generation sequencing (NGS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Aquatic Science


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