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See detailStudy of sex ratio in progeny of a complex Oreochromis hybrid, the Florida red tilapia
Desprez, D.; Briand, C.; Hoareau, M. C. et al

in Aquaculture (2006), 251(2-4), 231-237

This paper reports a study on the progeny sex-ratio distribution in the Florida red tilapia. This hybrid originated as a cross between O. mossambicus male and O. urolepis hornorum female, which was then ... [more ▼]

This paper reports a study on the progeny sex-ratio distribution in the Florida red tilapia. This hybrid originated as a cross between O. mossambicus male and O. urolepis hornorum female, which was then crossed with 0. niloticus and 0. aureus in order to improve its growth rate and its resistance to low temperature. We have studied the sex-ratio of I I I progenies from 46 females and 12 males, where the male percentage varied between 5% to 89%. The analysis of distribution showed three groups characterised by a mean male percentage of 26.7 +/- 9.81; 50.0 +/- 8.9 and 70.3 +/- 5.5%. The stability of sex ratios in repeated single pair matings and the parental influence on progeny sex ratios obtained are in agreement with a polygenic basis of sex determination in this complex hybrid. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInheritance of sex in two ZZ pseudofemale lines of tilapia Oreochromis aureus
Desprez, D.; Mélard, Charles ULg; Hoareau, M. C. et al

in Aquaculture (2003), 218(1-4), 131-140

This paper reports a study on the sex determination system of the blue tilapia, Oreochromis aureus. Investigations were carried out using a pseudofemale line in two populations of O. aureus, known as ... [more ▼]

This paper reports a study on the sex determination system of the blue tilapia, Oreochromis aureus. Investigations were carried out using a pseudofemale line in two populations of O. aureus, known as Egyptian Population (EP) and Israel Population (IP). In O. aureus, males are the homogametic sex (ZZ/ZW), and sex reversal of fry with estradiol results in the production of some functional sex-reversed fish with a female phenotype and ZZ male genotype, known as pseudofemales or A-females. Crosses between ZZ pseudofemales and ZZ males theoretically should provide monosex ZZ male progeny only. We have studied the sex ratios of progeny from 43 IP (F-2 to F-3 generations) and 51 EP (F-1 to F-5 generations), pair-matings between normal males and pseudofemales. In IP, the male percentage in progenies ranged between 83% to 100% in F-2 and 66% to 100% in F-3. In EP, male percentage was more constant, varying from 88% to 100% in F-1, from 96% to 100% in F-3 and from 97% to 100% in F-5. In EP, F-2 and F-4 pseudofemales produced only monosex male progeny. This apparent difference in sex ratio frequency distributions between the two O. aureus pseudofemale lines could be due to the selection of males. EP pseudofemales were mated with their siblings for F-2 and F-3 pseudofemales or with closely related males for F-4 and F-5 pseudofemales. Conversely, IP pseudofemales were crossed with nonrelated males originating from research center broodstock, resulting in a higher proportion of females in sex ratio of progenies from successive generations of pseudofemales. The role of inbreeding is discussed in the context of predominantly monofactorial sex chromosome determination system operating in this species, influenced by other factors (genetic and environmental). The present study also shows that it is possible to fix the male sex determining factors (Z sex chromosome and genetic factors) in a line of pseudofemales, producing a high percentage of male progeny in five successive generations. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of a high percentage of male offspring with a natural androgen, 11 beta-hydroxyandrostenedione (11 beta OHA4), in Florida red tilapia
Desprez, D.; Geraz, E.; Hoarea, M. C. et al

in Aquaculture (2003), 216(1-4), 55-65

This paper reports the effects of a natural androgen, 11beta-hydroxyandrostenedione (11betaOHA4), on sex-reversed fry of the Florida red tilapia. In a first approach, the optimal dosage and duration were ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the effects of a natural androgen, 11beta-hydroxyandrostenedione (11betaOHA4), on sex-reversed fry of the Florida red tilapia. In a first approach, the optimal dosage and duration were determined in the laboratory. The sex-reversal treatment was applied on post-yolksac stage fry (10 days after fertilisation at 27degreesC. Dosages of 20, 30, 40 and 50 mg of 11betaOHA4 kg(-1) of food were used during periods ranging from 10 to 35 days. Dosages of 40 or 50 mg of 11betaOHA4 kg(-1) of food during 21-35 days significantly increased the male percentage in sex-reversed groups in comparison to control groups. A lower but still significant deviation of the male percentage was observed when a dosage of 40 mg kg-1 was given during at least 28 days. Lower dosages did not significantly affect the sex ratio of treated groups. Based on the results of these observations, a follow-up study was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of this natural androgen for an intensive production of sex-reversed fry. Optimal dosage (50 mg kg-1) and treatment duration (28 days) were applied to increasing stocking density of fry (8000-11,000 fish m(-2)), producing a mean male percentage of 99.1% on the 510,000 treated fry. This study demonstrates the masculinizing efficiency of 11betaOHA4 in Florida red tilapia. Interest of a natural androgen, used in sex-reversal treatment, is discussed, particularly for the Florida red tilapia strain. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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