Calibrin-Z is proven to bind fungal and bacterial toxins and reduce the effects of mycotoxicosis and certain diseases caused by bacterial toxins in poultry. Recently it was found that the cause of EMS in shrimp is due to a toxin produced in the gut by Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Therefore, it was hypothesized that adding Calibrin-Z to shrimp diets would decrease the effects of EMS in shrimp.
Two experiments were conducted at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. A total of 318 specific pathogen free (SPF) Penaeus vannamei at an average weight of 1 gram were stocked for 5 replications (2 reps in trial 1 and 3 reps in trial 2) at 20 or 22 animals per tank into 90 L aquaria.
Overall, five tanks of shrimp were designated as negative control tanks and received no EMS challenge; five tanks served as positive controls, receiving the EMS challenge, but fed a diet without Calibrin-Z; and five tanks of shrimp were fed the diet containing Calibrin-Z and challenged to induce EMS. After a 7 day pre-feeding period EMS challenged groups were fed with diets contaminated with V. parahaemolyticus multiple times (1x/day in Exp.1 and 2x/day in Exp. 2) until the ideal mortality was achieved in the positive control.
The overall survival rate is presented in Figure 1. The accumulated mortality by day is presented in Figure 2.
Water quality was maintained during the experiment as in Table 1.
The cause of the increased mortality from EMS is because of the damage the toxin(s) released by V. parahaemolyticus does to the hepatopancreas of t he sh r i mp. H i s tolog ic a l ex a m i nat ion of representative moribund or surviving shrimp was completed and is summarized in Table 2. Examples of typical histopathology of the hepatopancreas with increasing amounts of damage due to EMS are shown in Figure 3. (Lightner, GOAL 2012).
Challenged shrimp fed Calibrin-Z had:
- Improved Survivability – 84% vs. 5%
- Improved Histopathology – G0 vs. G3
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