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The Brine Shrimp Artemia Survives in Diluted Water of Lake Bunyampaka, an Inland Saline Lake in Uganda

Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Mountains of the Moon University, Fort Portal 256, Uganda
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Water 2018, 10(2), 189;
Received: 25 October 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 13 December 2017 / Published: 11 February 2018
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Ugandan aquaculture is in the process of development; however, it requires access to an affordable live food source, such as brine shrimp Artemia. This study fits within a broader feasibility study of domestic Artemia production in salt lakes. Since Uganda is a landlocked country, the only opportunity for live water food sources lies in the salt lakes in the west of the country. This study used saline water from one of these lakes, Lake Bunyampaka (salinity 72 mg L−1). Two Artemia strains, i.e., the Great Salt Lake strain, which is the dominant strain on the market, and the Vinh Chau strain, which is by far the most inoculated strain in the world, were assayed for their survival, growth, and reproduction in diluted Lake Bunyampaka water, using natural seawater as control. The organisms were fed live freshly cultured microalgae Tetraselmis suecica ad libitum. Our study revealed that the Vinh Chau strain performed especially well in Lake Bunyampaka water diluted to 50 g L−1. The data presented in this study generate the first useful information for the future inoculation of Artemia in Lake Bunyampaka in Uganda, and hence domestic Artemia production in the country; however, further larger-scale laboratory work, followed by field trials, is still needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: brine shrimp Artemia; salinity; ionic composition; Lake Bunyampaka; Uganda brine shrimp Artemia; salinity; ionic composition; Lake Bunyampaka; Uganda

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Sserwadda, M.; Kagambe, E.; Van Stappen, G. The Brine Shrimp Artemia Survives in Diluted Water of Lake Bunyampaka, an Inland Saline Lake in Uganda. Water 2018, 10, 189.

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