Probiotics in aquaculture

The need, principles and mechanisms of action and screening processes

Aditya Kesarcodi-Watson*, Heinrich Kaspar, M. Josie Lategan, Lewis Gibson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aquaculture production of molluscs is worth US$11 billion per year and represents 65% of World mollusc product. A significant limitation to the industry is loss of stock through bacterial disease. Traditional methods to combat disease with antibiotics have been questioned and alternatives have been sought. The field of probiotics as well as the screening methods used to acquire probiotic strains for the alternative management of disease in aquaculture is discussed. This review provides a comprehensive summary of probiotics in aquaculture with special reference to mollusc culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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