Cryopreservation of sperm of farmed European eel Anguilla anguilla

Tamás Müller, Béla Urbányi, Balázs Váradi, Tibor Binder, Péter Horn, Miklós Bercsényi, Ákos Horváth

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Sexual maturation and sperm release were induced in farmed European eels Anguilla anguilla kept exclusively in fresh water by using two dosages of human chorion gonadotropin (100 International Unit (IU)-Group one and 250 IU/individual per week-Group two). Sperm release took over 13 wk in both groups. The quality of sperm was investigated on the eighth, ninth, and tenth wk. The average cell densities were 0.94 ± 0.4 × 1010 (Group one) and 0.93 ± 0.6 × 1010 (Group two) spermatozoa/mL. The estimated motility of eel sperm was 33, 55, and 49% on the eighth, ninth, and tenth wk of treatment, respectively. The estimated average motility of samples selected for cryopreservation was 73 ± 10%, while the post-thaw motility of cryopreserved samples was 36 ± 11%. The extender originally developed for common carp sperm crypreservation together with methanol as cryoprotectant was found suitable for the cryopreservation of European eel sperm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-231
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the World Aquaculture Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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