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Evaluation of different protein sources in fingerling grey mullet Mugil cephalus practical diets
Luzzana, U.; Valfrè, F.; Mangiarotti, M.; Domeneghini, C.; Radaelli, G.; Moretti, V.M.; Scolari, M. (2005). Evaluation of different protein sources in fingerling grey mullet Mugil cephalus practical diets. Aquacult. Int. 13(4): 291-303
In: Aquaculture International. Springer: London. ISSN 0967-6120, more
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    Feeding; Gutting; Mugil cephalus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Luzzana, U.
  • Valfrè, F., correspondent
  • Mangiarotti, M.
  • Domeneghini, C.
  • Radaelli, G.
  • Moretti, V.M.
  • Scolari, M.

    An eight-week experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of different protein sources (fish and haemoglobin meal, soybean meal and torula yeast), in practical diets, on growth, body composition and gut morphology of fingerling grey mullet (Mugil cephalus). Weight gain (%), SGR, FCR, N retention, PER, PGR, FDR and carcass composition of fish were not significantly affected by the dietary protein source. Fish fed the torula yeast based diet showed reduction in growth performance. Histological examinations performed on the alimentary tract of the fish showed a normal structural pattern in the experimental groups, as fundamental histological and histochemical aspects were similar if compared to the control group. The lower growth performance observed in fish fed a torula yeast based diet may be tentatively correlated with the presence of some detrimental morpho-functional aspects in the gut of these fish if compared to fish fed the other diets. Further studies are necessary to confirm this hypothesis.

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