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Past successes, present misconceptions and future milestones in salmon smoltification research

Journal article
Authors Björn Thrandur Björnsson
T Bradley
Published in Aquaculture
Volume 273
Issue 2-3
Pages 384-391
ISSN 0044-8486
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Zoology
Pages 384-391
Language en
Keywords Review; Parr; Smolt; Transformation
Subject categories Animal physiology


Although the parr–smolt transformation of salmonids has been investigated for some fifty years, an array of specific aspects of the process remains unclear. At the 7th International Workshop on Salmon Smoltification convened in Tono, Japan, there was a consensus for the need for a review of the most pertinent findings on smoltification over the years and a discussion of what the future holds. We present here a three-part summary based to a large extent on the presentations and lively discussions which took place at the Workshop. The first part outlines some of the impressive successes this research has fostered. The second part deals with some current misconceptions, often based on over-interpretation of data and/or the lack of data. Finally, a discussion of future targets and aims and their applications is presented.

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