NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Government and private foundation partners in British Columbia have joined together in an effort to use genomics technologies to find out why so many salmon die in the open ocean before they can make it back to their freshwater spawning beds, Genome BC said today.

Genome BC and its partners at the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Oceans Canada will use C$930,000 (US$900,000) to fund the first phase of an initiative to find out if diseases caused by microbes may cause the death of over 90 percent of juvenile Pacific salmon.

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