Xelect Ltd

Xelect provides specialist genetics support to the aquaculture industry worldwide.

We are a private company based in Scotland, formed in 2012 as a spin-out from the University of St Andrews.

We offer a fast and cost-effective “one stop shop” for the genetic management of breeding programs including parentage assignment, control of inbreeding and family selection. Xelect is a leader in marker assisted selection. Markers for superior production traits in Atlantic salmon and Nile tilapia are available for licensing worldwide. Xelect has a strong research and development pipeline of genetic markers for other traits and species including rainbow trout, sea bass and sea bream. Our current customers for broodstock management including leading producers of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, sea bass and sea bream. Our well-equipped laboratories also carry out service work including DNA extraction and normalisation, genotyping, DNA-based sex determination, flesh quality consultancy and “next day” triploidy testing of live eggs.

We take pride in the high levels of satisfaction achieved for our services among our customers in 10 different countries including Armenia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Norway, UK and the USA.


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Conservation and environmental monitoring

Xelect also provides genetic services to academia, government agencies and industry at competitive rates in the field of conservation genetics and environmental monitoring, including DNA barcoding for species identification and eDNA analysis.

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