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L. Fredrik Sundström, Wendy E. Vandersteen, Mare Lõhmus and Robert H. Devlin Growth-enhanced coho salmon invading other salmon species populations: effects on early survival and growth Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Article first published online: 20 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12185

Our results show that the ecological impact of fish genetically modified (GM) for rapid growth on closely related fish species may not be high in stream environments, unless these fish are first reared under culture conditions where they are able to realize their genetic growth potential. As such, first generation escapes of GM fish into the natural environment should be a main concern in the short term, whereas later generations, which are more similar to naturally occurring genotypes, are expected to have significantly weaker effects but which could persist for longer periods.

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