Cell Ag Crustaceans
Identifying the growth factors involved in crustacean muscle growth
University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Who: Lisa Musgrove, bachelor’s student in biotechnology
When: 2020 – Present
Institutes: University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Supervisors: Tomer Ventura, senior lecturer at University of the Sunshine Coast
Lisa is working to establish Redclaw crayfish cell culture for the production of cultured seafood. Using transcriptomic data – information about the active genetic material in a cell – Lisa is identifying growth factors active during limb regeneration and therefore important for crayfish muscle cell growth. She hopes this information will help to establish the first successful Redclaw muscle cell line.
Most of the research involving cell-cultured seafood is focused on fish; there’s a substantial knowledge gap when it comes to crustaceans. Lisa’s work could help close that gap, opening the door to further research in Redclaw crayfish (a delicacy in Australia!) and other crustacean species.