Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 07 December 2011
The technology will add NT$2.2 billion (US$72.85 million) to the company's revenue over the next five years and increase its market share, Chen estimated. The technology was developed by Chen Tzong-yueh, director of NCKU's Institute of Biotechnology over the past three years and has already been transferred to two other companies this year. Chen noted that the technology allows for fast growth in grouper, increasing the meat and fat content without the use of growth hormones. In a 20-week field trial, Chen's research team used the immunosuppressant technology on one pond of groupers and a traditional method on another pond for comparison. The results show that groupers raised in the former pond grew to 490 grams, while the groupers raised in the latter pond reached only 375 grams. According to Chen, grouper farms normally need 14 months to produce marketable 600-gram fish. With the new technology, however, his team only needs 10 months to produce the same size of fish.