SCIENTISTS in Queensland, Australia, have been experimenting with crustacean blood lines to breed prawne that grow faster and produce the biggest specimens; they can now produce one measuring 30cm in length and weighing more than 450g.

That might be a handful even for the biggest Australian barbecue, so most will be harvested young, cutting the time needed to rear a saleable specimen.

The project's principal scientist Dr Nigel Preston said his work draws direct comparisons with selective breeding in more common food ...

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