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[DUNBOYNE, Ireland] - Alltech hosted a one-day seminar for experts and representatives of the major companies and research institutes in the aquaculture industry, at their European headquarters in Ireland on 29th November 2005. Over 50 experts from 17 countries attended the meeting.
The third annual European Aquaculture meeting discussed the latest developments of this fast growing industry. Areas of discussion included organic mineral nutrition, gut health status and morphology and new molecular tools to investigate gene expression and nutrition.
One of the speakers included Professor Giovanni Bernadini, University of Uninsurbia, Italy, who presented on "The use of molecular tools to investigate welfare, growth and performance in sea bass and other species of commercial interest". He described the identification of over 1,400 genes in sea bass and through gene expression related these to stress and environmental conditions.
Dr. Simon Davies, University of Plymouth, UK, spoke on "Gastrointestinal morphology in cultured fish and the effect of Bio-Mos? on gut integrity: New perspectives". Dr. Davies explained the role of gut function, prebiotics and mannan oligosacharides, which beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating improved gut morphology and function and altering microbiota.
Dr. Turid Morkore, Nutrition Group, Akvaforsk, Norway, discussed the "Dietary impact on fish quality of farmed Atlantic salmon". Dr. Morkore emphasised the financial importance of the flesh colour, fat content and gaping losses. She reported that early trial results with Alltech's Salmon Pak, which includes Bio-Mos? and Bioplex?, reduced significantly the gaping losses, which are responsible for 38% of salmon fillet rejection at processing.
John Sweetman, European Technical Manager, Alltech explained that "Alltech has a clear vision on how they can contribute to this industry with their products in order to ensure a better performance and thus higher profits for the aquaculture industry players." Timm Neelsen, European Aquaculture Coordinator, Alltech further added "Products such as Bio-Mos?, Bioplex? and Sel-Plex? have shown great results in the diets of aquaculture and explained the importance of numerous independent trials".