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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

28/06/2016: Ways to improve salmonid disease resistance

https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf1603_w1/44
     
by Benedict Standen & Rui Gonçalves, Biomin
     
First published in International Aquafeed, May-June 2016

     
With an increasing pressure to provide affordable protein to an evergrowing population, aquaculture practices are expanding and intensifying. High stocking densities can lead to animals becoming stressed and immunocompromised, while also favoring the proliferation of pathogens.  Unfortunately, disease outbreaks are inevitable and this represents a major constraint for the sustainable development of the industry.
    
Nowhere is this more obvious than in high value species, such as salmonids, where disease outbreaks can lead to significant economic losses. Salmon culture is often considered the holy grail of aquaculture. Consequently, as an industry it has worked hard to reduce its dependency on antibiotics, relying primarily on vaccination for disease control. Although this approach has been effective, it also has its limitations.
      
Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE.           


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