Fast-growing prawn helps farmers, feeds families

Researchers have developed a new strain of prawn that grows 25% faster than other strains, in order to feed people living alongside Asia’s great rivers.

The researchers combined three strains of giant freshwater prawn into one breeding stock and then developed the prawn families with the highest growth rate.

By shortening the production cycle of the giant freshwater prawn researchers believe they can help provide more food for the 60 million people living in the Mekong River Basin. The new strain of prawn is also likely to increase profits for many local farmers.

Read more at Queensland University of Technology