UK - Xelect provides advanced technologies and services to small, medium and large businesses across the entire aquaculture supply chain including breeding companies, integrated producers, feed manufacturers and processors.
Xelect started as a spin-out company from the University of St Andrews, formed to commercialise many decades of expertise and research in fish physiology and genetics to build a world-class genetics service company for the aquaculture industry.
The company occupies purpose built laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment in heart of the historic university town of St Andrews, Scotland.
The highly qualified team at Xelect provide specialist genetics expertise to support selective breeding programs at affordable prices.
Xelect offers a complete range of services ranging from partial support to complete consultancy and management packages. Right at the heart of our service is an economic analysis of the cost of achieving the desired level of genetic gain designed to drive forward production efficiency and profitability in your business.
Our goal is to provide every customer with a dependable and high quality service with an added personal touch.
Core services include paternity analysis using SNP arrays and microsatellites; Management of trait measurement including protocols, standards, ontologies and databases; BLUP analyses and Estimated Breeding Values, and implementation of within-family genomic selection.
Xelect has developed proprietary technology for marker assisted selection focusing on meat yield and muscle cellularity – a key factor determining growth and product quality in fish. We offer DNA extraction and normalisation with liquid handling robotics; medium throughput SNP genotyping, design of SNP arrays for paternity analysis.