We now offer validated eDNA detection for the invasive carpet sea-squirt, Didemnum vexillum. This species poses threats to aquaculture and fragile marine habitats as it forms a rapid encrusting growth.
We now offer validated eDNA detection for the invasive carpet sea-squirt, Didemnum vexillum. This species poses threats to aquaculture and fragile marine habitats as it forms a rapid encrusting growth. Early detection of new arrivals will play an important role in defending against potentially harmful invasive species.
Xelect has partnered with Primerdesign Ltd, world leaders in qPCR assay development, to design and manufacture a highly sensitive and accurate DNA test capable of detecting D. vexillum from a 0.5L sample of sea-water. The assay has been rigorously lab tested to ensure it only detects the target species, avoiding false positives from closely related species.
Clients collect water samples from sites of interest and we will do the rest – providing advice on sampling technique, sample archiving and user-friendly results interpretation.
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March 2018 - Cromaris, the leading Croatian bass and bream producer, has chosen Scotland’s Xelect Ltd as their provider of genetic services. Xelect will provide a complete package of genetic management to the selective breeding program in support of Cromaris’ continued advances in product quality, welfare and sustainability.
New Zealand King Salmon, the producers of the internationally renowned Ōra King breed have chosen Scotland’s Xelect Ltd as their provider of genetic breeding program management for the next 4 years, after an extensive worldwide search.
Xelect has been awarded funding from the Technology Strategy Board as part of its “Technology Inspired Feasibility Studies – Biosciences” scheme to develop “Automated image analysis of muscle phenotypes for genetic marker discovery in Atlantic salmon”. The project commences in August and will run for 4 months”.