Saturday, November 22, 2008


LIFFE stands for Ljubljana International Film Festival. Four years ago we were checking the programme and saw a movie with a very fish related title. So members of the BTRG went to see Fickende Fische (Do Fish Do It?). The idea was good and worth repeating. The following year we waited too long to get the tickets so we went to see a movie with absolutely no fish related subject, Les Poupées russes (The Russian Dolls). Last year it was Sonhos de Peixe (Fish Dreams) and this year we selected a documentary Encounters at the End of the World.

4 core members of the BTRG went to see the movie plus 1 special guest star, we also met 2 former co-workers in the cinema. About the movie shot in Antarctica.... It is not a "fluffy penguin movie", more a series of interviews with "professional travellers and occasional workers", and weirdo scientists. We now understand a little bit better what people we meet on field trips think about us and our work.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

BTRG and Fisheries Institute of Slovenia have started extensive genetic analysis of brown trout across Slovenia

Native populations of brown trout in Slovenia are seriously endangered by introduced trout originating from Atlantic hatchery-reared strains.

BTRG and Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia have started systematic screening of brown trout populations across Slovenia in order to assess the extent of “foreign blood” in native brown trout, to locate genetically pure populations and to promote an action plan for rehabilitation and preservation of native brown trout stocks.

The project is funded by the Slovenian Research Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food in the amount of 100000 €, and is being performed in a co-operation with several local angling clubs and associations across Slovenia.

Sampled fish

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rozman et al., 2008

A paper based on Tamara's PhD thesis was just published in Animal Genetics. Two actively transcribed transferrin loci were found in both Salmo trutta and Salmo marmoratus, another evidence of ancient duplication (tetraploidization) of salmonid genome.

Preparation of metaphase chromosomes was performed in cooperation with Petr Rab's lab in Libechov, Czech Republic, fluorescent in situ hybridization was carried out at the Maribor Teaching Hospital, Slovenia.

Reprints available on request.