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Award Winning Research on Shrimp Probiotics

by the Fish Site Editor
14 November 2008, at 12:00am

FRANCE - A PhD student has been awarded Young Researcher of the Year during New- Caledonia " Doctoriales 2008 ", for his work into shrimp probiotics.

The subject of Mathieu Castex's research project, conducted in partnership with Lallemand Animal Nutrition, is the evaluation of probiotic Pediococcus acidilactici MA 18/5 M (Bactocell®) in Litopenaeus Stylirostris shrimp farming.

This award marks the interest of the scientific community for natural approaches, such as probiotics, for shrimp farming, which plays a significant part in the local economy.

The study is the result of a three-years programme conducted by Mathieu Castex in Nouméa, analysing the potential of Bactocell for shrimp farming, both a financial and sanitary potential

The study concluded positive effects on growth performance, enhanced survival rates and increased resistance against vibriosis.

The probiotic modes of action in shrimps were also scrutinized. Microbiological effects at the shrimp's gut level and effects on the digestive functions were shown. Moreover, the study highlighted a positive interaction with the animal's own anti-oxidant defenses, an innovative and promising path for probiotic research.

the Fish Site Editor