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Perspectives of plant protein use in aquaculture: biological, environmental and socio-economic consequences

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30068
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-10-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,018,009 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,850,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Dominique LEVIEIL
Research topic: 5.1.2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Abstract:
Studies will be undertaken with a freshwater and a marine teleost (Rainbow trout and Gilthead seabream) in order to define the ideal protein profile for maximising muscle growth. By assessing the adequacy of amino acid balance, non-protein energy supply and reduction of anti-nutritional factors (ANF), fishmeal-free (FMF) practical diets will be developed using plant protein sources. The consequences on digestion, absorption and nutrient utilisation leading to lower environmental load will be analysed. The metabolic and endocrine control of muscle growth, protein and fat synthesis will be studied both in vivo and in vitro. Long-term effects on voluntary feed intake, muscle quality, health and reproduction will be assessed. A socio-economic analysis of the switch from the dependence of aquafeeds on marine resources to plant-protein-based diets will be made.


Coordinator
S.J.  KAUSHIK
INRA-IFREMER, Fish Nutrition Research Laboratory
St-Pée-sur-Nivelle
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 59 51 59 90
Fax: +33 5 59 54 51 52
E-mail: kaushik@st-pee.inra.fr


Partners
  J. PEREZ-SANCHEZ
CSIC - Institute of Aquaculture
Torre de la Sal
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 964 31 95 00
Fax: +34 964 31 95 09
E-mail: jperez@iats.csic.es
  J. GUTIERREZ
Universitat de Barcelona - Faculty of Biology
Barcelona
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 93 4021532
Fax: +34 93 4110358
E-mail: joaquim@porthos.bio.ub.es
  A. COOKSON
GIRA Consommateur
Ferney-Voltaire
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 48 94 93 87
Fax: +33 1 48 94 96 90
E-mail: mercury@easynet.fr
  B.M. POLI
University of Firenze - Dept of Animal Production
Firenze
ITALY
Tel.: +39 055 328 8405/261
Fax: +39 055 321 216
E-mail: biancamaria.poli@unifi.it
  D. HOULIHAN
University of Aberdeen - Dept of Zoology
Aberdeen
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1224 27 2081
Fax: +44 1224 27 2396
E-mail: d.f.houlihan@abdn.ac.uk
  G. Van den THILLART
Leiden University - Dept of Integrative Zoology
Leiden
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 71 5274248
Fax: +31 71 5274900
E-mail: thillart@rulsfb.leidenuniv.nl