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The curated genetic reference database for fish species
Allowing an unambiguous determination of fisheries products

The Thünen Institute

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A genetic database collaboration developed by the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology together with the Max Rubner-Institute - Department of Safety and Quality of Milk and Fish Products and Impetus Bioscience.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Sample collection performed by the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology in cooperation with the University Mohammed V-Agdal (Morocco), the Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pescas (Cape Verde), the National Agricultural Research Institute (The Gambia) and the EAF-Nansen Project.

Funded by the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Formation of Cadres and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Reinhold Hanel (portrait)
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Responsible for the content/editorial:
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Hanel

Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute

Institute of Fisheries Ecology
Herwigstraße 31, 27572 Bremerhaven, Germany
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Email: aquagene@thuenen.de

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