|The effect of poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate on the performance of Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis Milne-Edwards) zoea larvae|Sui, Y; Liu, Y; Sun, X; Wille, M.; Bossier, P.; De Schryver, P. (2014). The effect of poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate on the performance of Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis Milne-Edwards) zoea larvae. Aquac. Res. 45(3): 558-565. dx.doi.org/10.1111/are.12077
In: Aquaculture Research. Blackwell: Oxford. ISSN 1355-557X, more
Artemia Leach, 1819 [WoRMS]; Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne Edwards, 1853 [WoRMS]; Marine
Poly--hydroxybutyrate (PHB); live food enrichment; Eriocheir sinensis(Milne-Edwards) larvae; survival; larval development rate; feedingregimes
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Two experiments were conducted regarding the effect of poly-ß-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) on the survival and development of Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis Milne-Edwards) larvae. Different PHB delivery approaches (particulate, enriched in filter feeding prey, or a combination of both) and feeding levels were applied to crab larvae from the zoea 2 (Z2) up to the megalopa stage. Bio-encapsulation into rotifers and Artemia at a PHB dose of 100 mg L-1 seemed an efficient approach to deliver PHB to the larvae and resulted in a significantly enhanced survival, development rate and osmotic tolerance. The results indicate that PHB should only be applied as a feed additive rather than as a food source, and that the availability of an adequate amount of nutrients seems to be of major importance for the PHB to induce these beneficial effects.