Research Project: The Hybrid Striped Bass: Understanding Heterosis to Improve Food-Animal Ag

Dr. Reading’s innovative research is geared toward solving a problem that has puzzled agricultural scientists and breeders for generations: what causes the offspring of two parents to perform better than their parents, a term called heterosis. Using many resources just now available to the animal community, Dr. Reading will use artificial intelligence to determine the genetic factors responsible heterosis in hybrid striped bass.  If successful, this research will not only help transform fish production/breeding, but could also impact agriculture more broadly.

ben_reading_ffar_photoAbout Dr. Benjamin Reading

Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Dr. Reading is a recently hired Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University. His research expertise is in aquaculture (fish farming) and fish physiology. He is a member of National Research Support Project 8 (NRSP-8, National Aquaculture Genome Project) and Co-Coordinator of the National Program for Genetic Improvement and Selective Breeding for the Hybrid Striped Bass Industry. Dr. Reading is a 21st Century Center for Excellence visiting scholar at Hokkaido University, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) in recognition for his work on fish egg yolk formation and egg quality. He has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters and presented over 60 abstracts and papers at scientific symposia and conferences. Dr. Reading is a member of the World Aquaculture Society and Striped Bass Growers Association. He received a bachelor of arts in biology and a master of science in zoology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his doctorate in zoology from North Carolina State University.