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Red Porgy, Pagrus pagrus, Larvae Performance and Nutritional Condition in Response to Different Weaning Regimes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Systems Ecology.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, ISSN 0893-8849, E-ISSN 1749-7345, Vol. 43, no 3, 321-334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Red porgy, Pagrus pagrus, is a candidate species for aquaculture diversification. The aim of this work was to assess whether an early supply of enriched Artemia (D1) or a direct step to dry diets (D3) would be advantageous weaning strategies for red porgy larvae, compared to a later supply of Artemia followed by dry diets (D2). Direct weaning to dry diet resulted in significantly lower growth, survival, pancreatic (trypsin and lipase), and intestinal (alkaline phosphatase) enzyme-specific activity, with the exception of leucine-alanine peptidase. The direct weaning strategy presented severe nutritional restrictions from early weaning stages with an associated delay of the maturation of digestive system. The two-step strategy presented in D1 and D2 resulted in comparable results in most parameters, including survival. Weaning using enriched Artemia as an intermediate step is confirmed as the most adequate strategy for red porgy larvae. Digestive enzymes and selected fatty acids correlated well with performance responses to dietary regimes, thereby supporting the use of these parameters as sensitive and reliable indicators of red porgy nutritional or physiological status during larval stages.

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2012. Vol. 43, no 3, 321-334 p.
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Agricultural Science, Forestry and Fisheries
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79896DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-7345.2012.00574.xISI: 000305067600002OAI: diva2:551771


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