Science & Solutions No. 62 - Aquaculture

Performance Management

Awareness and education levels within the aquaculture industry are constantly rising, to the benefit of the industry as a whole.

Increased awareness about problems such as mycotoxins and anti-nutritional factors are of benefit to farmed species as it allows improvements in management styles and systems used based on this new knowledge. While much of the information comes from investigations and trials using terrestrial animal species, there is an increasing amount of research based on aquatic species. The available research into fumonisins is summarized on page 15 and illustrates not only the work already done, but also the gaps in knowledge that still need to be addressed.

Keeping naturally ahead in aquaculture means being open to change and innovation. Improvements in our knowledge about the complexity of the gut environment has increased our understanding of how best to support it, enabling the animal to optimize its use of high quality feed. As explained in our second article on page 10, it might be better to update the probiotic in the feed to one that contains multiple strains of beneficial bacteria rather than taking the traditional singlestrain approach. When was the last time you reviewed your probiotic regiment?

In this issue of Science & Solutions, we start by reviewing current knowledge about fumonisins. This mycotoxin was found in the majority of raw material and finished feed samples tested as part of the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey in 2017, a trend which is likely to continue through 2018 and beyond. Are fumonisins negatively affecting your performance indicators?

I take this opportunity to wish you all a very successful and prosperous New Year on behalf of everyone at BIOMIN. We look forward to keeping you naturally ahead in 2019 and in the future. Enjoy reading this issue of Science & Solutions, keeping you naturally informed.

In this issue

Current Knowledge about Fumonisins in Aquaculture
Fumonisins have gained significant recognition in recent years. In 2017, the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey found that fumonisins were the predominant contaminant in raw material and finished feed samples across the world. Rui Gonçalves and Michele Muccio share the latest knowledge about fumonisins in aquaculture and highlight the importance of preventing synergistic interactions between different mycotoxins.

Why You Should Use a Combination of Beneficial Bacteria in Aquaculture
The gut is a complex environment and needs support in a number of ways. Expecting maximum colonization from a single strain of beneficial bacteria is optimistic and often unrealistic. Benedict Standen explains why using a probiotic with a combination of species is more beneficial to aquaculture performance and production.

A Summary of the Research on Fumonisins in Aquaculture
All of the research on fumonisins in aquaculture is summarized in this overview table.