Do inactivated Microbial Preparations Improve Life History Traits of the Copepod Acartia tonsa?

Guillaume Drillet, Tahina Rabarimanantsoa, Stéphane Frouel, Jacob S Lamson, Anette M. Christensen, Sandra Kim-Thiam, Benni Winding Hansen

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We have tested a microbial preparation with probiotic effects (PSI; Sorbial A/S DANISCO) on the calanoid copepod Acartia tonsa (Dana) development time and reproduction effectiveness in culture. The hypotheses were that PSI increases the productivity and quality of copepods in culture (increased egg production and hatching success, HS). This was carried out because the use of copepods as live prey in aquaculture could increase the number of fish successfully raised through their entire life cycle. However, the availability of copepods is limited by their difficulty to be effectively raised. Our results show that the addition of PSI to the algal food increased the individual size of the adult females and their egg production. The PSI, together with Rhodomonas salina, also increased the HS of the eggs produced by PSI-treated females. These effects were observed despite that the biochemical analysis of the PSI revealed that it is a nutritionally poor food lacking essential fatty acids, and hence it cannot be used alone to raise copepods but instead as a food additive. This is the first demonstration that the effectiveness of copepod culturing can be improved using microbial preparations as a food additive
TidsskriftMarine Biotechnology
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)831-836
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2011

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