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Growth promotors in aquaculture (Abstract)
Matty, A.J. (1989). Growth promotors in aquaculture (Abstract), in: De Pauw, N. et al. (Ed.) Aquaculture: a biotechnology in progress: volume 1. pp. 673
In: De Pauw, N. et al. (Ed.) (1989). Aquaculture: a biotechnology in progress: volume 1. European Aquaculture Society: Bredene, Belgium. ISBN 90-71625-03-6. 1-592 pp., more

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  • Matty, A.J.

    Growth rates and efficiency of food utilization are the two most important factors in the production of animals for food. Fish are no exception. For the past decade the author and his colleagues have examined various factors and substances that might be combined with the optimum nutritional requirements of fish in order to maximize growth responses. A short review is made of the growth promotors that have been examined: 1) mineral and inorganic compounds, e.g. cobalt salts and zeolites; 2) antibiotics and antibacterial agents, e.g. virginiamycin, terramycin, payzone, tylosin, and avoparcin; 3) hormone-like compounds, e.g. zeranol and DES; 4) non-steroid hormones, e.g. thyroxine, triiodothyronine, insulin, STH; and 5) anabolic steroids, e.g. methyltestosterone, ethylestranol, dimethazine. A number of the above compounds have a potential as agents for accelerating growth and reducing total costs of fish farming. These agents must meet consumer standards. Experimental data are given. The role of vitamins as essential growth factors in fish is not discussed.

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