News & blog archive

August 2022

Kames and Xelect announce strategic genetics partnership

For 50 years Kames Fish Farming have grown premium Steelhead trout in the pristine, idyllic sea...

February 2022

Xelect and Australis trial showcases targeted improvements in feed efficiency with genetics

For the vast majority of aquaculture producers, feed is typically the largest single expense – often...

February 2022

Welcome: Dr Max Coulter

As Xelect continues to grow we’re delighted to announce that Dr Max Coulter has joined us...

December 2021

The latest from the Lab: doubling our genotyping capacity

There’s never a quiet day in our laboratory, with samples arriving every day from customers all...

November 2021

Pioneering Partnership between Martec and Xelect

First commercial Spotted Rose Snapper genetic programme now underway Martec (a leading player in Central American...

November 2021

Xelect, De Heus and Fresh Studio announce partnership for sustainable aquaculture in Myanmar

Xelect is delighted to be working with Fresh Studio and De Heus in Myanmar as the...

September 2021

Welcome: Dr Pauline Van Weymers

We are delighted to welcome our newest team member, Dr Pauline Van Weymers, to our genetics...

June 2021

Partnership between Xelect and Orkney Shellfish Hatchery leads to innovative DNA test for Bonamia

A partnership between two of the most progressive aquaculture companies in Scotland has borne fruit with...

March 2021

Welcoming our latest Breeding Programme Manager – Lidia de los Ríos Pérez

Despite a disrupted year, we’re delighted to announce that Xelect’s team of experts continues to grow,...

January 2021

Looking back, thinking ahead

2020 has been a memorable year for many of the wrong reasons. But we believe the...

January 2021

Our growing team: Dr Carlos Diaz Gil

We’ve been delighted to continue to grow our expert team this year, and we’ve recently welcomed...

January 2021

Genetics: a secret weapon against sea lice

Dr Marie Smedley explores how genetics is an undervalued resource in the fight against common parasites.

January 2021

FirstWave Group and Xelect announce new strategic partnership

This week we’ve announced our new long-term partnership with FirstWave Group – Africa’s largest tilapia fish...

November 2020

Xelect collaboration reveals even greater potential for natural genetic variation to boost aquaculture

For decades we’ve known that well designed genetic selection programmes can result in major gains in...

October 2020

Case Study: 10,000 miles apart. 1 goal.

Dr Marie Smedley, Senior Breeding Programme Manager. In December 2019 two journeys began. The first started...

September 2020

Meet the team: Dr Stelios Kyriakidis, Bioinformatician

As a child growing up in Greece I was always fascinated by computers and engineering. However, my first dream job was to become...

July 2020

My first month: What’s it like to join the Xelect team?

By Dr Paolo Ruggeri, Scientific Officer. It’s already been a month since I started my new...

July 2020

A day in the life of a Senior Breeding Programme Manager

By Dr. José Mota Velasco. Every day is very varied as a Breeding Programme Manager at...

July 2020

[CLOSED] New vacancies in our aquaculture Breeding Programme management team

Xelect is growing – again! We’re delighted to announce two new vacancies in our expanding Breeding...

June 2020

Xelect Introducers – Our new partnerships programme

We’ve expanded significantly recently, and are scaling up our business inresponse to increasing demand for genetic...

June 2020

Xelect announce new partnership in Kenya: Unlocking the genetic potential of tilapia

We’re delighted to announce a genetic analysis project supported by Msingi East Africa. This project helps...

June 2020

Genetics and RAS: does the new frontier in global aquaculture require a fresh approach to selective breeding?

by Operations Director Dr Tom Ashton One of my first experiences of working in the aquaculture...

May 2020

Xelect welcomes new talent in the lab

We are pleased to announce the appointment of experienced geneticist Dr Paolo Ruggeri who will be...

May 2020

COVID-19 and the ‘new normal’

For every business, COVID-19 has meant a lot of changes. But in some cases they’ve been...

April 2020

Genetics in a nutshell

Genetic breeding programmes may sound complicated and expensive, but Xelect make them straightforward and affordable. If...

April 2020

Seafood Source interview: Now Xelect is making advanced genetic services available to the many, not just the few

A couple of weeks ago our CEO Prof Ian Johnston was interviewed by Seafood Source on...

March 2020

Coping with COVID-19

Whilst there is absolutely no doubt that COVID-19 is causing significant disruption, the good news is...

March 2020

What can Aquaculture teach us about COVID-19?

Catastrophic diseases wiping out millions of dollars in profit in a matter of days? That’s nothing...

March 2020

International Women’s Day 2020 – Celebrating Women in Aquaculture

To mark International Women’s Day Dr Marie Smedley (one of Xelect’s Senior Breeding Programme Managers) presented...

February 2020

AquaFarm 2020

Marie and Chris are just back from a successful couple of days at AquaFarm 2020 in...

February 2020

Top geneticist joins the team

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Mark Looseley as our new Senior Geneticist.

February 2020

Scanning the Horizon: 3D laser scanning a step closer

Xelect’s ambitious plans to create a groundbreaking new scanner took a big step forward this week...

January 2020

A New Wave of Talent: Promoting careers in Aquaculture

Xelect Senior Breeding Programme Manager Marie features in a new set of films intended to encourage...

August 2019

Xelect at AquaNor 2019

Xelect will be presenting a stand at the aquaculture trade show, AquaNor, held in Trondheim. The...

March 2018

Press Release – Cromaris and Xelect agree genetic service contract

March 2018 – Cromaris, the leading Croatian bass and bream producer, has chosen Scotland’s Xelect Ltd as...

June 2017

Aberdeen Intern Makes Great Progress

Alicia Bertolotti has spent the last 3 months performing an internship placement at Xelect in St...

November 2016

Press Release – New Zealand King Salmon And Xelect Agree 4 Year Breeding Program Management Contract.

New Zealand King Salmon, the producers of the internationally renowned Ōra King breed have chosen Scotland’s...

November 2016

Expert Genomic Consultant Joins Our Team

We are delighted announce the appointment of Dr Chris Hollenbeck as a specialist consultant in fish...

August 2016

Press Release – Cermaq

Xelect is delighted to announce a licence and genetic services agreement with Atlantic salmon producer Cermaq...

March 2016

Press Release – Xelect Secure Investment For Growth

Xelect limited and the EOS Technology Investment Syndicate are pleased to announce the completion of an...

March 2016

Xelect Win Most Enterprising Start-Up Award

Xelect were proud winners of the Most Enterprising Start-up Company at the recent Fife Business awards,...

August 2015

Aquanor 2015

We had a busy and productive visit to Trondheim, Norway, for AquaNor 2015, where we hosted...

June 2015

Press Release – High Yield Tilapia Coming To The Fillet Market

GenoMar, the world’s premier tilapia breeding company today announces a partnership with Xelect Ltd., a global...

May 2015

Press Release – Aquaculture Industry Receives New Impulse From Horizon 2020 Programme

Aquaculture Industry Receives New Impulse from Horizon 2020 Programme On 1 June 2015 a new Horizon...

May 2015

eDNA Assay For Invasive Sea-Squirt

We now offer validated eDNA detection for the invasive carpet sea-squirt, Didemnum vexillum. This species poses...

December 2014

Xelect To Co-Fund Phd Studentship At Aberdeen

Xelect will be the industrial sponsor of an exciting PhD studentship in the research group of...

December 2014

Download Atlantic Salmon Markers Brochure

We are very pleased to announce that we have expanded our range of broodstock selection markers...

October 2014

Brown Trout Genetic Relatedness – New Service

We have now added brown trout, Salmo trutta, to our range of genetic relatedness and parentage...

October 2014

Xelect Assist Dawnfresh With Texture Analysis

Xelect are providing assistance and training in the establishment of a new texture monitoring facility at...

May 2014

Xelect At Aquaculture Uk

We had a busy and productive couple of days at Aviemore. It was good to meet...

May 2014

Xelect Awarded Smart:Scotland Funding

February 2014 Scottish Enterprise have awarded Xelect Ltd a SMART: SCOTLAND grant to develop genetic tests...

November 2013

Texture Analysis Service

We are pleased to announce a new texture analysis service for salmon and trout. Precise firmness...

May 2013

Xelect Awarded Tsb Funding

Xelect has been awarded funding. Xelect has been awarded funding from the Technology Strategy Board as...

May 2013

Triploidy Analysis Service Launched

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a rapid and cost-effective flow cytometry...

February 2013

Salmobreed License High Yield Markers

Salmobreed licenses Markers Salmobreed has licensed Xelect’s High Fillet Yield (HFY-1) markers for exclusive use in...