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The discussion will look at how, to some extent, R&D work in fish feed has moved beyond mere evaluation of ingredients in relation to feed conversion and growth parameters.
Pinpointing fish nutritional requirements and using functional feed to support immune system functioning and help combat diseases have become research priorities for aquaculture. We see researchers are now focusing on ways to plug the data gap around the amino acid requirements for several types of fish, or for fish in different life stages.
Using nutrition to help protect fish against disease or parasites like sea lice, is also gaining traction, while, nutrigenomics, or using nutrition to regulate or increase the expression of specific genes, is also playing a role in the research efforts
We will also hear how economic and environmental sustainability pressure is also bearing down on the sector.
Five years ago, plant protein was a big research focus - now it is a lot about finding alternatives to marine resources such as fish oil and DHA. Researchers are also weighing up the pros and cons of novel proteins like insects, bacterial meals or even traditional ingredients like land animal proteins.
Our speaker line up includes André Dumas, Director of Fish Nutrition, the Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada, Philip Lyons, Research Scientist, Coppens International, John Sweetman, International Project Manager Aquaculture, Alltech and Dr Rune Waagbø, Research director, NIFES.
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