The fish genetics laboratory (FiskGen) perform genetic analyses of fish and crayfish as part of environmental monitoring and research projects. Most studies carried at FiskGen focus on identifying the genetic population structure of resource species and endangered species. The laboratory is situated at the Institute of Freshwater Research, Drottningholm.
Most fish and shellfish species are divided into genetically distinct populations (local stocks). Knowledge of species’ genetic structure is important both for long-term sustainable fish management and for preserving genetic diversity in our fish fauna.
Effects of fish stocking
We also study genetic and ecological effects of fish stocking, and investigate how fishing may affect important traits. We further monitor the genetic status of endangered species and cultivated stocks, together with our clients and in collaboration with our ageing laboratories.
At FiskGen, we use so-called microsatellites as genetic markers. We analyze salmon, trout, pikeperch, catfish (wels), whitefish, vendace, crayfish and flounder. There is often access to genetic reference data sets from previous studies, which provides increased opportunities to study various questions.
Get your fish analyzed at our genetics laboratory!
At FiskGen, we perform genetic analyzes on behalf of authorities like the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, county administrative boards and municipalities, fisheries conservation area associations, fish farms and others. Feel free to contact us regarding your questions where a genetic analysis may be relevant, and for price information!
Publications from FiskGen
Östergren J, Palm S, Gilbey J, Dannewitz J (2020). Close relatives in population samples: evaluation of the consequences for Genetic Stock Identification. Molecular Ecology Resources. 20, 498–510. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.13131
Palm S, Vinterstare J, Nathanson JE, Triantafyllidis A, Petersson E (2019). Reduced genetic diversity and low effective size in peripheral northern European catfish (Silurus glanis) populations. Journal of Fish Biology 95, 1407–1421. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14152
Delling B, Palm S (2019). Evolution and disappearance of sympatric Coregonus albula in a changing environment - a case study of the only remaining population pair in Sweden. Ecology and Evolution 9, 12727–12753. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5745
Whitlock R, Mäntyniemi S, Palm S, Koljonen M-L, Dannewitz J, Östergren J (2018). Integrating genetic analysis of mixed populations with a spatially explicit population dynamics model. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9, 1017-1035.
Johan Dannewitz, Stefan Palm, Linda Söderberg och Johan Östergren