Probiotic Usage in Fish to Grow as More and More Benefits Will Be Discovered - World Nutrition Forum 2016

19 October 2016, at 1:00am

CANADA - Today's interview was conducted with Dr. Daniel Merrifield, a lecturer in fish health and nutrition at the University of Plymouth, UK, and co-author of the book, 'Aquaculture Nutrition Gut Health, Probiotics and Prebiotics' (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

During the BIOMIN World Nutrition Forum 2016 in Vancouver, Canada, last week, Dr. Merrifield spoke about the role of probiotics and how they have the capacity to enhance gut performance in fish.

[Feedinfo News Service] Dr. Merrifield, our knowledge of fish microbiomes remains primitive in comparison to that of humans and other mammals. How advanced is our understanding today?

[Daniel Merrifield] I would say we probably need another 5-10 years of further research to get to the current level of understanding we have in humans and other mammals. There are a number of complicating factors that we have to consider when studying the microbiomes of fish. Fish are poikilothermic animals and thus their metabolism, and the metabolism of their microbiota, is heavily dependent on environmental conditions.