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Article

The Effect of Hydrolyzed Insect Meals in Sea Trout Fingerling (Salmo trutta m. trutta) Diets on Growth Performance, Microbiota and Biochemical Blood Parameters

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Department of Animal Nutrition, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wołyńska 33, 60-637 Poznań, Poland
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Institute of Zoology, Division of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 71c, 60-625 Poznań, Poland
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Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Animals 2020, 10(6), 1031; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10061031
Submission received: 7 May 2020 / Revised: 29 May 2020 / Accepted: 9 June 2020 / Published: 13 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alternatives Protein in Animal Nutrition)

Abstract

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Simple Summary

The replacement of fishmeal by environmentally sustainable alternative meals has been one of the targets in aquaculture in recent decades. A number of factors support the use of insect meals, as a group of products characterized by high crude protein and crude fat content, in fish nutrition. Insects are readily accepted by a number of fish species, and they are part of the natural diet of omnivorous and carnivorous species. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effects of hydrolyzed Tenebrio molitor and Zophobas morio meals as a partial replacement for fishmeal in sea trout (Salmo trutta m. trutta) diets on growth performance, feed utilization, organosomatic indices, serum biochemistry, gut histology, and microbiota. In the present study, insect meals inclusion did not cause any adverse impacts on growth performance, feed utilization or gut histomorphology. However, an effect on the organosomatic indices, serum biochemistry, and microbiota was observed. In conclusion, hydrolyzed T. molitor and Z. morio meals seem to be promising alternative protein sources for sea trout nutrition.

Abstract

The present study is the first introduction of hydrolyzed superworm meal in sea trout nutrition. It was conducted to evaluate the effects of inclusion in the diet of hydrolyzed insect meals as a partial replacement for fishmeal on growth performance, feed utilization, organosomatic indices, serum biochemical parameters, gut histomorphology, and microbiota composition of sea trout (Salmo trutta m. trutta). The experiment was performed on 225 sea trout fingerlings distributed into three groups (3 tanks/treatment, 25 fish/tank). The control diet was fishmeal-based. In the experimental groups, 10% of hydrolyzed mealworm (TMD) and superworm (ZMD) meals were included. The protein efficiency ratio was lower in the TMD and ZMD. Higher organosomatic indices and liver lipid contents were found in the group fed ZMD. The ZMD increased levels of aspartate aminotransferase, and decreased levels of alkaline phosphatase. The Aeromonas spp. and Enterococcus spp. populations decreased in the ZMD. The concentrations of the Carnobacterium spp. decreased in the ZMD and TMD, as did that of the Lactobacillus group in the TMD. In conclusion, insect meals may be an alternative protein source in sea trout nutrition, as they yield satisfying growth performance and have the capability to modulate biochemical blood parameters and microbiota composition.

1. Introduction

The replacement of fishmeal (FM) by environmentally sustainable alternative protein sources has been one of the targets of aquaculture in recent decades [1]. Plant meals have been used as the main alternative; however, insect meals have recently emerged as one of the most promising components of fish nutrition [2,3,4]. This is caused by their high nutritive value—protein and fat content, anti-pathogenic and anti-inflammatory properties connected with antimicrobial peptides, and lauric acid and chitin presence—as well as their environmental sustainability due to their taking part in a circular economy and wide presence in the natural diets of many fish species [5,6]. Nevertheless, in the available literature, information about the effect of insect meals on growth performance, microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract, and blood biochemical parameters in salmonid fish is still scarce, and most of the research is focused only on salmon and rainbow trout [7,8,9,10,11].
One of the key factors that has caused increased interest in research for alternative feed materials is the growing price of FM and its harmful effects on the environment [12,13]. However, many alternatives can lead to secondary, adverse health effects—nutritional disorders and metabolic disturbances may be caused by the use of dietary plant meal, i.e., enteritis in the distal intestine, hypertrophic mucus production, a reduction in reproductive rates, high mortality or growth depression [14,15]. Another important source of protein—animal byproducts, such as blood meal, meat and bone meal, as well as feather meal—is associated with legislative issues and consumer intolerance; moreover, it may contain antinutritional factors, i.e., indigestible pepsin or high levels of crude ash [16] or cause amino acid imbalance in the diet due to high levels of proline or glycine and low tryptophan and tyrosine content [17].
Compared with other salmonids, sea trout (Salmo trutta m. trutta) tolerate higher water temperatures, and may play a crucial role in aquaculture under the pressure of the progressing global warming [18]. In the wild, they consume a wide spectrum of terrestrial and aquatic insects, which makes insect meals natural and environmentally sustainable feed components for the species [19,20]. The dietary inclusion of up to 25% insect meal does not affect growth performance in most fish species [9,21,22,23,24,25,26,27], and some research conducted on turbot and seabass [28,29] demonstrated an improvement in performance and digestibility. Moreover, some substances present in insects, such as chitin and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), may play an important role in immune system modulation [30,31] and the stabilization of the homeostasis between animal and host gut microbiota [32]. However, it must be emphasized that processing—such as drying, fat extraction or enzymatic hydrolysis [33], as well as rearing methods and technologies, i.e., usage of different organic waste substrates [3,34,35], rearing period length and environmental conditions [36]—can also improve the nutritional value of insect meals.
In the available literature, data about the use of insect meals in sea trout diets are scarce and they can be found in only one published study described recently by our team [37]. Moreover, information on the microbiota of this species is very limited. The effects of insects on blood plasma parameters and immunological responses have been studied only in salmon [38]. However, the presence of insect meals may positively affect the microbiota composition and improve the gastrointestinal health of these animals [7,31].
Considering all the aspects mentioned above, this research aimed to evaluate the impact of mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) and superworm (Zophobas morio) larval meals hydrolyzed by bacterial enzymes and used as partial replacements for fishmeal on the blood immune responses and the microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract of sea trout compared to their growth performance and the feed efficiency.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Insect Meals

The insects were purchased from a commercial supplier (HiProMine S.A., Robakowo, Poland). To obtain full-fat meals, the larvae were oven-dried at 50 °C for 24 h and finely ground. The chemical composition and amino acid profile of the meals were determined for diet formulation (Table 1 and Table 2).

2.2. Preparation of Insect Meal Hydrolysates

Two commercial proteases were used to hydrolyze the dried larvae meals in two subsequent steps. The full-fat larvae meals were ground and mixed using distilled water at a ratio of 4:1 (w:v) to achieve a consistency suitable for enzyme hydrolysis. Initially, the diluted bacterial (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens) endopeptidase enzyme Corolase® 7090 (AB Enzymes GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany) was added to the meals at a concentration of 1.5 g·kg−1 of protein, and the mixture was heated for five hours at 50 °C, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, 0.75 g·kg−1 of the fungal protease enzyme Flavourzyme® (endopeptidase and exopeptidase from Aspergillus oryzae; supplied by Novozymes A/S, Denmark) was added to the mixture, which was homogenized and hydrolyzed for three hours. The hydrolyzed meals were kept at 4 °C until diet preparation.

2.3. Diet Formulation and Preparation

A control diet (CON) and two experimental diets were formulated (Table 3). The control diet was based on previous results described by our research team and literature [37,39]. A 10% hydrolyzed insect meal inclusion was fixed for both the experimental diets. Hydrolyzed mealworm (TMD) and superworm (ZMD) meals were used. The isonitrogenous (490 g·kg−1 of crude protein) and isoenergetic (22.5 MJ·kg−1) diets were manufactured at the Feed Production Technology and Aquaculture Experimental Station in Muchocin, Poland. In the feed production process, all the dried ingredients were mixed with hydrolyzed insect biomass in a batch-type ribbon blender (WBN-150, WAMGROUP S.p.A., Ponte Motta/Cavezzo, MO, Italy). The mixture was then passed through a semi-industrial single-screw extruder (Metalchem S-60, Gliwice, Poland) at 110 °C to obtain pellets with 1.5-mm and 2.5-mm diameters. After extrusion, the pellets were dried in an airflow drier for 24 h at 40 °C. After drying, fish oil was added onto the mildly heated pellets. The diets were packed in plastic bags and stored at −18 °C until use.

2.4. Fish and Feeding Trial

All animal handling protocols and methods complied with the recommendations of Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and the council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, the Polish law of 15 January 2015 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Dz.U.2015 poz. 266), and the good practices and recommendations of the National Ethics Committee for Animal Experiments and the Local Ethics Committee for Animal Experiments of Poznań University of Life Sciences [40]. The trial was performed in the Division of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture, which, as a unit of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of Poznań University of Life Sciences, is certified for animal experiments (approved unit no. 0091) by the National Ethics Committee for Animal Experiments (based on authorization by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education).
Sea trout fingerlings were transported from the Feed Production Technology and Aquaculture Experimental Station in Muchocin, Poland, to the Division of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture laboratory. Firstly, fish were acclimated for seven days. After that time, on the 1st day of the experimental period, 225 fish with an average body weight of 5.08 ± 0.9 g were weighed individually and distributed randomly into nine tanks (25 fish in each). The fiberglass tanks used had 60 L capacities, which were supplied with 2 L min−1 water from the reservoir in an open-flow system. The water parameters were recorded daily. The temperature was 14.7 ± 0.6 °C, the dissolved oxygen was constant at 7.5 ± 0.3 mg L−1, and the photoperiod was maintained at 16:8 (light:dark) throughout the experiment.
The trial lasted eight weeks, and, during this time, the animals were fed by automatic band feeders (12 h discharge time, FIAP Fishtechnik GmbH., Ursensollen, Germany). During the experiment, the animals were weighed and counted every two weeks to adjust the feed intake ratio, and the growth and feed efficiency parameters were recorded. The feed ratio was based on a feeding chart designed for Atlantic salmon, taking into consideration the average body weight of the fingerlings and the water temperature [39]. The fish mortality was monitored daily.

2.5. Sample Collection and Organosomatic Indices

At the beginning of the trial, 200 g of euthanized fish biomass was collected and preserved at 20 °C for body composition analysis. Fish biomass was weighted for each tank, and animals used for somatic indices calculations and other analysis were weighed and measured individually. The growth performance test was performed in triplicate—3 tanks per treatment— and each tank was considered as experimental unit (n = 3/treatment—representing 25 fish/tank). The fish were euthanized using an overdose of MS-222 [41] and decapitated for dissection, sampling and further analysis. Blood sampling was performed postmortem. Blood samples were collected from the caudal veins of nine fish per tank with nonheparinized 1-ml syringes. The samples were pooled, with 3 fish/sample, which was the experimental unit (3 samples/tank, n = 9/treatment). The samples were kept in a refrigerator for 30 min to allow the formation of a clot. The serum was separated by centrifugation at 4 °C and 3500 RPM for 15 min (Hettich Zentrifugen, Tuttlingen, Germany). The serum samples were stored at −82 °C for further analysis. The viscera and liver weights were recorded and used for the calculation of the organosomatic indices. The livers from five fish per tank were removed for the determination of liver glycogen and triglycerides (n = 15/treatment). The whole-body proximate compositions were determined for all the sampled fish. All the samples were kept at −82 °C until they were used for further analysis.

2.6. Analysis of the Biological Material

The raw materials, experimental diets, and fish carcasses were analyzed according to the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC) [42] methodology for dry matter (934.01), crude protein (976.05), ether extract (920.39), crude ash (920.153) and crude fiber (985.29). The proximate amino acid and fatty acid compositions of the hydrolyzed insect meals and experimental diets were analyzed according to AOAC (2005) [42] procedures at an accredited laboratory (J.S. Hamilton S. A, Gdynia, Poland). The amino acids were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with an Automatic Amino Acid Analyzer AAA 400 (Ingos Ltd., Prague, Czech Republic). The fatty acid composition of the hydrolyzed insect meals and experimental diets was analyzed according to the method described in EN-ISO 12966-1:2015-01 (European standard). The gross energy content was analyzed according to the ISO 9831 method using an adiabatic bomb calorimeter (KL 12 Mn, Precyzja-Bit PPHU, Bydgoszcz, Poland) standardized with benzoic acid. The chitin composition of the insect meals was determined using the method described by Soon et al. (2018) [43].

2.7. Blood Serum Immunology

The blood serum immunology was assessed according to the methods described by Kołodziejski et al. (2018) [44]. For the assays of serum concentrations of total protein (TP), albumin, glucose, triglycerides, and total cholesterol (TC), commercial assay kits (Pointe Scientific, Canton, MI, USA) were used. A liquid assay reagent set (catalog number: ALT, A7526; AST, A7560; ALP, A7516, Pointe Scientific, Canton, MI, USA) was used to determine the enzymatic activities of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP).
The free fatty acids (FFA) content as well as the glycogen levels were measured by enzymatic assay kits from Wako Diagnostics (China); the methodology described by Kołodziejski et al. (2017) [45] was used for these analyses. Five liver samples from each tank were weighed and immediately placed into tubes containing KOH (30%). Then, the liver samples were boiled for 15 min and cooled. Next, ethanol (98%) and distilled water were added into the tubes. The samples were then centrifuged at 3500 rpm for 30 min, and the supernatants were discarded. A citrate buffer (pH 4.4) with enzyme glucoamylase (activity: 12,000 U/L) was added to the tubes, and the samples were incubated for 2 h at 55 °C to hydrolyze glycogen into glucose. To determine the glucose concentrations in the solutions, a colorimetric enzyme assay was used (glucose oxidase, Pointe Scientific, Canton, MI, USA), and these values were used to calculate the concentrations of glycogen in the liver tissues.
The levels of immunoglobulin M (IgM) and lysozyme (LZM) in the serum were measured using double antibody sandwich ELISA kits (Sunred Biotechnology, Shanghai, China).

2.8. Liver Triglycerides

The liver triglyceride levels were determined according to methods described by Kołodziejski et al. (2018) [44]. The lipids in the liver samples were extracted by a modified Folch method [46], which includes bead mill disruption of the tissue material with a Tissue Lyzer II (Qiagen, Germany). After the extraction of the lipids, the concentration of the triglycerides was determined by a colorimetric enzyme assay kit (glycerol phosphate oxidase, Pointe Scientific, Canton, MI, USA).

2.9. Gut Histomorphology

Samples of the anterior portion of the intestines of nine fish per treatment were collected and submerged in Bouin’s solution (Merck) until analysis, which was performed according to methods described by Sobolewska et al. (2017) [47]. The samples were dehydrated, cleared and embedded in paraffin blocks. Formed blocks were cut on a rotary microtome (Thermo Shandon, Chadwick Road, Astmoor, Runcorn, Cheshire, United Kingdom) into slices of 10-μm thickness [48]. The slices were placed on microscope slides coated with ovo albumin with an addition of glycerol. The samples were analyzed using an AnMN-800 F microscope (OPTA-TECH, Warsaw, Poland) equipped with an Opta-View camera for recording microscopic images. MultiScan v. 18.03 microscope imaging software (Computer Scanning Systems II Ltd., Warsaw, Poland) was used to measure villus height and width and muscular thickness.

2.10. Microbial Community Analysis by Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH)

The gastrointestinal tract digesta taken from the gut of 12 fish per tank was sampled, and digesta was pooled into 3 samples per tank (the experimental unit was a sample representing 4 fish n = 9/treatment). The digesta was immediately frozen and stored at −82 °C. The samples were prepared and observed following the protocols described by Rawski et al. (2016; 2018) [49,50]. The oligonucleotide probes used for this study are shown in Table 4. The samples were visualized using a Carl Zeiss Microscope Axio Imager M2. The numbers of detected bacteria are expressed in colony-forming units/g of digesta (CFU mL−1) and were calculated according to the equation of Józefiak et al. 2019 [7] given below:
log C F U / g = log ( N × ( W A P A ) × ( S w e i g h t + D w e i g h t S w e i g h t ) × ( 1000 S v o l u m e ) )
where N is the number of visible bacterial cells, WA is the working area of the filter, PA is the picture area, Sweight is the sample weight, Dweight is the dilution factor weight, and Svolume is the volume of the sample pipetted onto the filter.

2.11. Statistical Analysis

SAS software was used to analyze the data. To determine the normality of the data distribution and equality of the variances, Kolmogorov–Smirnov and Levene’s tests were used. One-way ANOVA was used, and, if there were significant differences among the treatments, further analysis was performed by a corrected Duncan’s post hoc test. The data are presented as the mean ± standard error of the mean (SEM). The statistical significance level was set at p < 0.05.
The analysis of variance was conducted according to the following general model:
Y i = μ + α i + δ ij
where Yi is the observed dependent variable, μ is the overall mean, αi is the effect of the diet, and δij is the random error.

3. Results

3.1. Amino Acid and Fatty Acid Composition

The amino acid (AA) composition of the experimental diets is presented in Table 5. Compared with those in the TMD and ZMD treatments, the control diet exhibited a similar ratio between IAA and DAA. The contents of EPA and DHA were relatively low in both types of meals. In the case of experimental diets, the inclusion of insect meals affected the fatty acid profile, especially the content of n-3 PUFAs. Compared with that in the control diet, the n-3/n-6 fatty acid ratios decreased in the experimental diets containing insects (Table 6).

3.2. Growth Performance and Nutrient Utilization

At the end of the experimental period, the growth performance parameters (final body weight, body weight gain (BWG), and specific growth rate (SGR)) were not affected by the inclusion of the insect meals (Table 7). Among the feed efficiency parameters, the daily feed intake (DIR), feed conversion ratio (FCR), and protein production value (PPV) were not different among the treatment groups; only the protein efficiency ratio (PER) significantly decreased in TMD and ZMD in comparison to CON (p = 0.029).
The sea trout fingerlings fed with ZMD exhibited higher hepatosomatic index (HSI) (p < 0.001) and viscerosomatic index (VSI) (p = 0.010) values than those in the CON and TMD treatments. These values were related to the significant increase in lipid content in the liver in the ZMD treatment (p = 0.004). However, the liver glycogen and whole-body composition parameters were not affected by the inclusion of the insect meals (Table 8).

3.3. Blood Serum Immunology

Significant differences were found in the serum analysis (Table 9). The aspartate aminotransferase (AST) value increased in the fish provided feed supplemented with ZMD (p = 0.002). ZMD meal reduced the concentration of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) compared to the levels of this enzyme in the CON and TMD treatments (p < 0.001). The concentration of triglycerides was significantly lower in the TMD treatment than in the CON treatment (p = 0.034); however, no differences were observed between the ZMD and other treatments. Additionally, the albumin content as well as the total cholesterol in the blood serum increased in those fish that consumed the insect meals (p = 0.010; p < 0.001, respectively). In the case of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), total protein content, free fatty acids, glucose, immunoglobulin M and lysozyme, there were no significant differences observed among the treatments.

3.4. Gut Histomorphology

The anterior part of the gastrointestinal tract did not exhibit any significant differences in villus height, villus width, or villus area among the sea trout fed the insect meals or the control diet. The muscular layer thickness was also not affected by insect meals inclusion (Table 10).

3.5. Microbial Community Analysis by Fluorescent In-Situ Hybridization (FISH)

The inclusion of ZMD meal significantly decreased the concentrations of Aeromonas spp., Enterococcus spp. and Carnobacterium spp. (p = 0.037, p = 0.017, and p = 0.001, respectively); the concentration of Carnobacterium spp. also decreased in the fish in the TMD treatment. The inclusion of TMD meal significantly reduced the concentration of the Lactobacillus group (p = 0.025). The total number of bacteria and Bacillus spp. did not exhibit any significant differences among the treatments (Table 11).

4. Discussion

Currently, insect meals are promoted as natural alternative protein sources for fish nutrition. Although insects are a source of high-quality protein, they also provide antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and chitin, which are considered health promoters in animal nutrition [15,31,55]. Chitin and its derivative products have been demonstrated to be beneficial to fish nutrition and health [56,57]. AMPs are the main contributors to microbiological homeostasis in insects due to their activity against potentially pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses [58]. However, it should be emphasized that FM replacement by insect meals creates the need to supplement certain amino acids, especially methionine (Table 1).
The present study represents the first introduction of hydrolyzed Z. morio meal to sea trout diets. The results are characterized by a high survival rate and satisfactory growth performance and feed utilization parameters [37,59]. The positive effect of hydrolyzed fish protein was previously proven by a significant reduction in vertebral anomalies [60]. Moreover, protein hydrolysate was previously observed as a positive factor in growth and disease resistance [61]. The main mode of action that is used to explain this effect is the fact that hydrolyzed meals may contain low-molecular-weight compounds. These compounds may be related to more effective absorption, which results in improved growth performance and feed utilization [62]. In the present study, there were no differences in the final body weight, BWG, SGR, DIR, FCR, PPV or survival rate among the treatment groups. However, the protein efficiency ratio was reduced significantly in those fish fed insect meals. These results are in agreement with those of Stadtlander et al. [8], who showed that the inclusion of black soldier fly (BSF, Hermetia illucens) meal in a rainbow trout diet yielded results similar to those of a control diet in terms of growth and feed conversion. However, protein utilization was decreased in the BSF group. These differences may be due to the crude protein bonding to the chitin [63], which causes an overestimation of its content in the raw materials and the diet, causing a reduction in the PER values. It is important to emphasize that the nitrogen-to-protein conversion factor (Kp) of 6.25 generally used for proteins leads to an overestimation of protein content in insects because of the presence of nonprotein nitrogen (NPN) sources, such as chitin, nucleic acids, or phospholipids. To avoid this overestimation, Kp values of 4.76 for the protein content in whole insects and 5.60 for the protein extracts should be used [64]. The results of the present study are in agreement with the findings of Hoffmann et al. [37], in which no effect on average total length or body mass, SGR, FCR, or PER was observed throughout the experiment. A significant effect of insect meals on survival rate was not observed in either study; however, in the present study, the survival rate was numerically higher and close to 100%.
Among the organosomatic indices, the HSI and VSI of the fish fed with ZMD were significantly higher than those of the TMD and CON groups. Moreover, these differences were related to the higher liver lipid levels found in the fish in the ZMD treatment. This can be explained by the presence of higher levels of palmitic acid (PA) in the diet with ZMD meal than in the other diets, as this caused the enlargement of the liver due to the accumulation of fat in this organ. A similar increase in the HSI was observed in Japanese sea bass (Lateolabrax japonicus) fed diets with relatively high levels of PA [65]. Hoffmann et al. (2020) [37] have shown a reduction in VSI values in sea trout fed hydrolyzed and full-fat mealworm meals compared to those fed the control diet. However, in the same study, the inclusion of T. molitor full-fat meal and the use of a diet with T. molitor hydrolyzed with a 1.0% mixture of enzymes did not lead to differences in the HSI values compared to those generated by a fishmeal-based diet [37]. According to Huang et al. (2016) [66], higher lipid levels in diets lead to fat storage in the visceral cavity and liver of fish; however, this accumulation may also depend on the fatty acid composition of the diet. This may be the reason for the observed differences in the effects of dietary inclusions on organosomatic indices between T. molitor and Z. morio; specifically, this pattern may be due to differences in PA and saturated fatty acid (SFA) content, which was higher in the ZMD treatment group. What is more, the ratio between n-3 and n-6 fatty acids is reported as a potential modulate factor of the biochemical composition of fish liver and its structure as well as metabolism [25,67,68]. The reduction in n-3 fatty acid composition in insect diets creates an imbalance in the n-3/n-6 ratio which increases the lipid deposits in the liver. The higher level of n-6 in fish products can negatively affect human health due to the pro-inflammatory properties of this acid [69]. However, the effect of the diet on the chemical composition of fish, and, indirectly, on human health, should be considered in further studies.
In terms of the hematological parameters of the serum, there were no significant differences in the ALT concentration. However, the AST analyses showed higher values in the ZMD treatment group. These two aminotransferases are potential biomarkers of liver health [70]. According to this information, any degradation of the liver will elevate the concentration of this enzyme. The inclusion of BSF meal in the diets of Atlantic salmon led to a decrease in the ALT concentration, while the AST concentration was not affected by diet [11]. In the case of birds, insect meal inclusion showed no effect on these aminotransferase concentrations in barbary partridges (Alectoris barbara) [71] or laying hens [72]. In contrast, the inclusion of mealworm meal in broiler chicken diets increased the concentrations of both parameters; however, the possibility of liver damage was excluded by analyses of other enzymes [73]. Perhaps the enlargement observed in our study represents only the excessive fat accumulation due to the high content of PA mentioned previously. These results suggest that further analyses are needed to correctly describe the effects of insect use on liver physiology. According to the literature, ALP is present in the membrane of almost all animal cells, and its activity is commonly related to cellular damage [74,75]. The decrease in this enzyme in the ZMD group may be related to cellular homeostasis. The reduction in this compound is related to an improvement in health status in birds [44]. In contrast, in children, higher levels of ALP are associated with bone growth [76]; therefore, our findings may indicate that the level of ALP is correlated with numeric differences in growth rate in the TMD and CON groups, which was suggested previously by Lemieux et al. (1999) [77] in a study conducted on Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The total protein content, which is considered an indicator of nutritional status [78], was not affected by insect meal inclusion. According to Panettieri et al. (2020) [79] variations in the total protein content in the blood serum of fish can be a response to a number of physiological changes, i.e., tissue injury or destruction, differences in blood volume and plasma hydration and organism response to stress conditions. However, those effects were not observed in the present study. The albumin levels were significantly higher in the TMD and ZMD groups than in the control. The proteins in blood serum mainly consist of albumin and globulin. It was reported that, in adult Atlantic salmon, albumin constituted approximately 40% of the serum protein values [80]. Previous studies have tried to establish the normal values of blood parameters in healthy Atlantic salmon, and, according to this information, the albumin levels oscillated between 18 and 24 g·L−1; however, these values vary seasonally, and data were available for adult fish only [81]. In common carp (Cyprinus carpio) exposed to heavy metals at lethal and sublethal concentrations, albumin levels may be significantly decreased to meet the immediate energy demand of toxic stress [80]. In birds, albumin has been shown to be a source of the amino acids necessary for tissue protein synthesis [82]. The fish fed both insect meals showed significantly higher cholesterol levels than those in the CON group, while the inclusion of TM meal led to a decrease in triglycerides. According to the current literature, the inclusion of BSF meal in Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, and Jian carp (Cyprinus carpio var. Jian) diets did not have an impact on total cholesterol or triglyceride content [83,84,85]. On the other hand, a number of papers have reported that the addition of insect meal can reduce the concentrations of total cholesterol as well as triglycerides in the blood serum of various fish species [29,30,86,87]. These results are mainly explained as a positive effect of dietary chitin, which has the ability to bind bile acids and free fatty acids [31]. In addition, it was suggested that blood cholesterol may play an important role in the immune defense system [88]; however, in the present study, the increase in total cholesterol concentration was not related to higher lysozyme activity, which is an important nonspecific immune system factor in fish. Insect meals inclusion did not affect the content of IgM, which contributes to innate and adaptive immunity in fish [89]. It has been observed that mealworm meal supplementation reinforces the innate and adapted immune responses of yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) [90]. In general, the results obtained from the hematological analyses in this study allow us to conclude that the inclusion of insect meals in sea trout diets did not negatively affect blood parameters; in particular, the fish growth performance and survival rate were not affected among any of the groups.
The hydrolyzed insect meals did not affect the gut histomorphology (i.e., the villus height, width and area and muscular thickness), which has a crucial role in nutrient absorption and gut health. The use of mealworm and BSF meal in Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) diets did not affect villus height [91]. Moreover, the mucosal thickness was lower in fish fed with added BSF meal; in contrast, mealworm diets increased the thickness of the muscular layer. However, in a study carried out on rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), the villus height decreased with mealworm and tropical house cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus) inclusion, while an increase in villus height was observed with the addition of the Turkestan cockroach (Blatta lateralis) [7]. In this study, the mucosal thicknesses were lower and higher in the tropical house cricket and Turkestan cockroach treatment groups, respectively, than in the control group. Moreover, the inclusion of BSF meal in the diet decreased the prevalence of steatosis in the proximal intestine of Atlantic salmon [38]. This variety of results arises mainly from the wide range of fish species used in the experiments as well as the use of different insect species and their level of inclusion in the feed. Moreover, the technology used in the production of the diets, the drying process, fat extraction, etc., as well as for storage, may affect the properties of insect meals as well as their effects on gut microstructures. Thus, the focus should be placed on species-specific solutions as well as on processing technologies for further studies and gut health assessments.
The abovementioned findings suggest that a crucial role is played by the GIT microbiome. The present study shows a lack of effects of insect supplementation on the total number of bacteria, which is in agreement with the findings of research carried out by Bruni et al. (2018) [92] on rainbow trout. This result indicates that the use of partially defatted BSF meal did not affect the amount of digesta-associated bacterial communities; however, it did increase the number of mucosa-associated bacteria. This study showed that the inclusion of insect meals also had no influence on the concentration of Bacillus spp. This genus of bacteria is well known, due to its probiotic properties and production of secondary metabolites, such as acetic acid, lactic acid and bacteriocins, and may contribute to potentially improving fish health [93,94]. In terms of insect meal use, it has been reported that the inclusion of mealworms at a concentration of 50% in fish diets reduced Bacillus spp. in gilt-head bream (Sparus aurata) and brown trout [95]. In contrast, the inclusion of mealworm as well as BSF meal led to an increase in Bacillus spp. in the case of Siberian sturgeon [91]. The inclusion of Z. morio meal significantly decreased the concentration of Carnobacterium spp., but, in the case of the T. molitor meal, a reduction in Carnobacterium spp. as well as the Lactobacillus group was observed. Both Carnobacterium spp. and the Lactobacillus group are lactic acid bacteria (LAB), which produce inhibitory substances against fish pathogens [96]. The described effect can potentially provide an increased chance for pathogen proliferation and further microbiota imbalance. However, despite those changes, a significant decrease in the concentration of Aeromonas spp. and Enterococcus spp was observed in the ZM group. The reduction in Aeromonas spp. is a positive change, as this genus includes pathogenic and opportunistic bacteria, such as Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas salmonicida, that may produce cytotoxins, enterotoxins and endotoxins, negatively affecting intestinal barrier functions [97,98]. The decrease in Enterococcus spp. can also be seen as a positive effect of ZM meal inclusion. Despite the fact that a number of bacteria belonging to this genus may be used as probiotics due to their antimicrobial properties, many of them are virulent, and this can lead to the invasion of host tissue and displacement through epithelial cells [99]. The obtained results are in opposition to the findings of an experiment on A. baerii, which showed a decrease in Carnobacterium spp., the Lactobacillus group, Aeromonas spp., and Enterococcus spp. in a control treatment fishmeal [91]. However, in a study that included BSF, mealworm, tropical house cricket, and Turkestan cockroach meal in rainbow trout diets, the concentration of LAB from Lactobacillus sp./Enterococcus sp. was lower in all the groups fed with insects than in the control group, which was fed fishmeal. In the same experiment, the number of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria increased as a result of T. molitor inclusion. Moreover, according to Osimani et al. (2019) [100] the microbiota of black soldier fly may have been influenced by the feeding substrates used during the rearing process of insects. The microbiological composition of insects can be connected with the rearing methods and used substrates, which affect the microbiological value of insect meals due to secondary metabolites of bacteria and bacteriocin expression. Those differences indirectly affected the bacterial community of the gastrointestinal tract of zebrafish (Danio rerio) [100].
All described results can be explained by the presence of chitin, which is a component of the exoskeleton of insects, shellfish, fungi, molds, and protozoa. It is considered as a factor modulating the microbiome of the gastrointestinal tract [101]. It has been shown that a 5% addition of chitin to the diet of Salmo salar affected individual bacterial groups by decreasing the populations of Bacillus spp., Lactobacillus spp., Pseudomonas spp., and Staphylococcus spp. [102]. The antimicrobial properties of shrimp chitin and chitosan against many pathogenic microorganisms, i.e., Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus, have been observed [103], which suggest the potential of usage chitin and its derivatives as prebiotic or immunostimulants [104,105]. The effect of dietary chitin on the composition of the gastrointestinal tract of Gadus morhua was also demonstrated by Zhou et al. (2013) [106]. However, it has to be emphasized that the presence of chitin in the diet can reduce feed intake and digestibility as well as nutrient absorption [26,28] due to possible intestinal inflammation [25,30]. The second explanation for the differences in microbiological composition among the groups may be the presence of AMPs. AMPs can be classified into four groups (α-helical peptides, cysteine-rich peptides, proline-rich peptides, and glycine-rich proteins), and, depending on the group they belong to, these peptides may be effective against a wide spectrum of potentially pathogenic bacteria species, i.e., S. aureus, E. coli, L. monocytogenes, and Salmonella typhimurium [58].

5. Conclusions

The use of hydrolyzed insect meals did not affect the growth performance or feed efficiency parameters, including final body weight, BWG, SGR, DIR, FCR and PPV. The effects of ZMD meal were found in the HSI, VSI and liver lipids. Effects of ZMD and TMD on serum biochemistry were observed, which are key points for further studies due to the limited information about hematological parameters in fish. In terms of intestinal histomorphology, there were no aberrations or structural changes, which can be considered an advantage of using insects for sea trout nutrition. The ZMD and TMD treatments decreased the concentrations of groups of bacteria key for fish health, including the Lactobacillus group, Carnobacterium spp., Aeromonas spp., and Enterococcus spp., which provides a need for further complex analyzes of insect meal effects on fish microbiome and health. In general, hydrolyzed insect meals appear to be a promising alternative protein source for sea trout nutrition.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, Z.M., D.J., J.M., and M.R.; methodology, Z.M., D.J., J.M., and M.R.; software, Z.M., and B.K.; validation, D.J., and J.M.; formal analysis, Z.M., D.J., J.M., M.R., B.K.; investigation, Z.M., D.J., J.M., M.R., and B.K.; resources, D.J., J.M.; data curation, Z.M., D.J., J.M., M.R., and B.K.; writing—original draft, Z.M.; writing—review & editing, D.J., J.M., M.R., and B.K.; visualization, Z.M., D.J., and M.R.; supervision, D.J.; project administration, D.J., and J.M.; funding acquisition, D.J., and J.M. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.

Funding

This work was funded by several sources, i.e., the funds of Poznań University of Life Sciences; the project TEAM TECH no. POIR.04.04.00-00-204E/16-00, entitled Insects as Novel Protein Sources for Fish and Poultry, financed by the Foundation of Polish Science (POIR 4.4); and funds of the National Centre for Research and Development, no POIR.01.01.01-00-0828/15, entitled InnSecta: Innovative Technology of Feedstuffs Production Based on Insect Biomass.

Acknowledgments

We gratefully acknowledge contributions and logistical support provided by Poznan University of Life Sciences. The authors would like to thank Sanan Talibov, Silvia Nogales-Mérida and Abdelbasset Benzertiha for their contribution to the technical parts of the insect meal and feed preparation, the growth experiment, and data analysis.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Table 1. Amino acid profiles of hydrolyzed insect larvae meals (% of crude protein) compared to the fishmeal used in the study.
Table 1. Amino acid profiles of hydrolyzed insect larvae meals (% of crude protein) compared to the fishmeal used in the study.
ItemInsect Larvae Meals
Amino AcidsTM 1ZM 2FM 3
Indispensable amino acids (IAA)
Arginine5.024.505.91
Histidine3.213.042.13
Isoleucine4.774.674.79
Leucine8.347.617.99
Lysine5.645.627.99
Methionine1.621.463.11
Phenylalanine4.283.983.99
Threonine5.214.974.39
Valine7.406.945.77
Tryptophan1.001.161.08
Dispensable amino acids (DAA)
Alanine9.098.326.79
Aspartic acid8.288.199.70
Cysteine0.830.750.90
Glycine5.965.216.56
Glutamic acid13.8713.7914.57
Proiline7.176.134.30
Serina5.094.484.45
Tyrosine6.856.613.10
IAA/DAA0.810.820.94
1 TM, enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm meal; 2 ZM, enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm meal; 3 FM, fishmeal (Skagen, Denmark).
Table 2. Fatty acid composition of the hydrolyzed insect meal (g·kg−1 dry matter).
Table 2. Fatty acid composition of the hydrolyzed insect meal (g·kg−1 dry matter).
ItemInsect Larvae Meals
Fatty AcidsTM 1ZM 2
C14:0299
C16:0192306
C18:03591
Saturated fatty acids (SFA)259421
C16:1n7196
C18:1n9409300
Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)435315
C18:2n-6 (LA)281239
C20:4n-6 (ARA)<0.1<0.1
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA n-6)281239
C18:3n-3 (LNA)139
C18:4n-3<0.1 3<0.1
C20:5n-3 (EPA)<0.1<0.1
C22:5n-3<0.1<0.1
C22:6n-3 (DHA)<0.1<0.1
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA n-3)139
n-3/n-60.050.04
PUFA/SFA1.140.60
C14:0299
C16:0192306
C18:03591
1 TM, enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm meal; 2 ZM, enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm meal; 3 <0.1 = fatty acids detected at lower amounts than 1 g·kg−1 of sample.
Table 3. Formulation and analyzed chemical composition of the experimental diets.
Table 3. Formulation and analyzed chemical composition of the experimental diets.
Ingredients (g·kg−1)Diets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3
Fishmeal 4250145140
Mealworm meal 5-100-
Superworm meal 6--100
Soybean meal 7100100100
Wheat flour219220226
Corn gluten150150150
Blood meal 870100100
Brewer yeast353535
Fish oil164143140
Dicalcium phosphate7.20.82.1
Premix 91.51.51.5
DL-Methionine1.22.22.4
L-Lysine HCL1.11.82.0
L-Threonine0.60.60.7
Proximate analysis (g·kg−1 DM)
Dry matter930937935
Crude protein480511498
Crude lipid163146153
Ash655451
Crude fiber171717
Chitin 1009.34.8
NFE 11350338350
Gross energy (MJ·kg−1)22.1822.7722.55
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet; 4 Skagen, Denmark (crude protein: 71.4%); 5 Mealworm meal, HiProMine S.A., Poland (dry matter: 95.58%, crude protein: 47.0%, crude lipid: 29.6%); 6 Superworm meal, HiProMine S.A., Poland (dry matter: 96.32%, crude protein: 49.3%, crude lipid: 33.6%); 7 Solvent-extracted 45% crude protein, 1.8% crude lipid; 8 Spray-dried 90% protein, APC Europe, Spain; 9 Polfamix BASF Poland Ltd. (Kutno, Poland) (g·kg−1 ): vitamin A, 1 000,000 IU; vitamin D3, 200,000 IU; vitamin E, 1.5 g; vitamin K, 0.2 g; vitamin B1, 0.05 g; vitamin B2, 0.4 g; vitamin B12, 0.001 g; nicotinic acid, 2.5 g; D-calcium pantothenate, 1.0 g; choline chloride, 7.5 g; folic acid, 0.1 g; methionine, 150.0 g; lysine, 150.0 g; Fe, 2.5 g; Mn, 6.5 g; Cu, 0.8 g; Co, 0.04 g; Zn, 4.0 g; J, 0.008 g; carrier > 1000.0 g.; 10 Calculated amount from chitin analysis of insect meals; 11 Nitrogen-free extract = 1000 − (crude protein + ether extract + crude fiber + ash).
Table 4. Oligonucleoide probes used in fluorescent in-situ hybridization with fish fed three diets.
Table 4. Oligonucleoide probes used in fluorescent in-situ hybridization with fish fed three diets.
ProbeGroup of BacteriaSequence 5’–3’References
Aer66Aeromonas spp.CTA CTT TCC CGC TGC CGC[51]
Bmy843Bacillus spp.CTT CAG CAC TCA GGT TCG[52]
CAR193Carnobacterium spp.AGC CAC CTT TCC TTC AAG[51]
Enfm93Enterococcus spp.CCG GAA AAA GAG GAG TGG C[53]
Lab722Lactobacillus groupYCA CCG CTA CAC ATG RAG TTC CAC T[54]
Table 5. Amino acid profiles of experimental diets (g·kg−1 dry matter).
Table 5. Amino acid profiles of experimental diets (g·kg−1 dry matter).
Amino AcidsDiets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3
Indispensable amino acids (IAA)
Arginine21.720.321.5
Histidine12.913.914.5
Isoleucine15.313.914.7
Leucine36.136.839.8
Lysine27.224.927.1
Methionine12.511.712.6
Phenylalanine21.421.823.2
Threonine18.618.215.8
Valine24.024.526.5
Tryptophan4.34.54.6
Dispensable amino acids (DAA)
Alanine23.124.025.7
Aspartic acid32.633.036.0
Cysteine4.95.85.3
Glycine21.620.421.4
Glutamic acid93.289.999.0
Proline31.931.834.1
Serine19.520.521.1
Tyrosine12.213.214.0
IAA/DAA0.810.800.78
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet.
Table 6. Fatty acid profiles of experimental diets (g·kg−1 dry matter).
Table 6. Fatty acid profiles of experimental diets (g·kg−1 dry matter).
Fatty AcidsDiets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3
C14:0383935
C16:0135146176
C18:0273142
Saturated fatty acids (SFA)211223261
C16:1n7433935
C18:1n9276300303
Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA)492500479
C18:2n-6 (LA)97108106
C20:4n-6 (ARA)587
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA n-6)114123120
C18:3n-3 (LNA)272321
C18:4n-3161514
C20:5n-3 (EPA)383128
C22:5n-3587
C22:6n-3 (DHA)604642
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA n-3)162139113
n-3/n-61.431.130.94
PUFA/SFA1.311.170.89
C14:0383935
C16:0135146176
C18:0273142
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet.
Table 7. Growth performance and feed utilization of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
Table 7. Growth performance and feed utilization of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
ItemDiets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3p-Value
Initial body weight (g)5.75 ± 0.045.84 ± 0.035.85 ± 0.120.639
Final body weight (g)21.20 ± 0.5120.97 ± 0.7220.60 ± 0.200.729
BWG (g) 415.47 ± 0.5015.10 ± 0.6914.77 ± 0.090.632
SGR (%/day) 52.33 ± 0.042.28 ± 0.062.25 ± 0.020.435
DIR (%/day) 61.39 ± 0.021.44 ± 0.041.48 ± 0.030.184
FCR 70.99 ± 0.021.04 ± 0.041.07 ± 0.020.200
PER 82.10 ± 0.04 a1.88 ± 0.07 b1.87 ± 0.04 b0.029
PPV (%) 932.51 ± 0.8128.82 ± 2.0828.58 ± 0.530.140
Survival (%) 10100 ± 0.0099 ± 1.3399 ± 1.330.630
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet; values in the same row having different superscript letters are significantly different at p < 0.05, (n = 3); 4 Body weight gain (BWG) = [(final body weight—initial body weight (g))/initial body weight, g] × 100; 5 Specific growth rate (SGR) = [(ln final body weight (g)—ln initial body weight (g))/number of days] × 100; 6 Daily intake rate (DIR) = [(feed intake (g)/total weight (g))/number of days] × 100; 7 Feed conversion ratio (FCR) = total feed supplied (g DM)/weight gain (g); 8 Protein efficiency ratio (PER) = [weight gain (g)]/total protein fed (g DM); 9 Protein production value (PPV) = [protein retention in fish (g DM)/total protein fed (g DM) × 100; 10 Survival = [total number of fish harvested/total number of fish stocked] × 100; values in the same row having different superscript letters are significantly different at p < 0.05 (n = 3); 3.3. Organosomatic indices and body composition.
Table 8. Organosomatic indices and whole-body composition (% of wet weight) of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
Table 8. Organosomatic indices and whole-body composition (% of wet weight) of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
ItemDiets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3p-Value
Organosomatic indices (%)
HIS 41.45 ± 0.04 b1.44 ± 0.05 b1.78 ± 0.07 a<0.001
VSI 57.78 ± 0.17 b7.94 ± 0.21 b8.62 ± 0.22 a0.010
Liver energy reserves (%)
Liver lipid4.05 ± 0.18 b4.12 ± 0.14 b4.96 ± 0.26 a0.004
Liver glycogen1.76 ± 0.071.8 ± 0.051.71 ± 0.060.549
Whole-body composition (%)
Moisture76.16 ± 0.1676.05 ± 0.7376.00 ± 0.350.973
Crude protein15.45 ± 0.0615.40 ± 0.4715.28 ± 0.110.914
Crude lipid5.39 ± 0.135.42 ± 0.275.47 ± 0.160.955
Crude ash2.39 ± 0.072.51 ± 0.072.60 ± 0.060.150
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet; values in the same row having different superscript letters are significantly different at p < 0.05; 4 Hepatosomatic index (HSI) = [(liver weight (g)/body weight (g)] × 100; 5 Viscerosomatic index (VSI) = [(viscera weight (g)/body weight (g)] × 100; values in the same row having different superscript letters are significantly different at p < 0.05 (n = 15).
Table 9. Serum biochemistry values of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
Table 9. Serum biochemistry values of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
ItemDiets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3p-Value
Alanine aminotransferase (U L−1)4.56 ± 1.124.54 ± 0.833.92 ± 0.420.616
Aspartate aminotransferase (U L−1)32.29 ± 3.07 b30.86 ± 4.07 b55.46 ± 7.25 a0.002
Alkaline phosphatase (U L−1)90.49 ± 3.91 a79.80 ± 3.65 a65.81 ± 3.52 b<0.001
Total protein (g L−1)55.6 ± 1.157.2 ± 1.154.4 ± 0.40.097
Albumin (g L−1)25.7 ± 0.2 b27.3 ± 0.4 a27.4 ± 0.6 a0.010
Triglycerides (mg dL−1)493.19 ± 15.84 a384.25 ± 33.82 b412.04 ± 29.61 ab0.034
Total cholesterol (mg dL−1)290.41 ± 11.08 b365.12 ± 13.37 a342.86 ± 6.54 a<0.001
Free fatty acids (mmol L−1)0.60 ± 0.010.60 ± 0.020.58 ± 0.010.522
Glucose (mg dL−1)87.56 ± 3.0791.17 ± 3.5988.33 ± 2.890.702
Immunoglobulin M (mg mL−1)0.40 ± 0.030.37 ± 0.030.45 ± 0.060.419
Lysozyme (µg mL−1)15.48 ± 1.0714.11 ± 0.9515.05 ± 0.990.615
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet; values in the same row having different superscript letters are significantly different at p < 0.05 (n = 9).
Table 10. Histomorphology of the anterior portion of the gut of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
Table 10. Histomorphology of the anterior portion of the gut of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
ItemDiets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3p-Value
Villus height275.83 ± 14.58326.20 ± 14.58287.55 ± 14.580.056
Villus width85.00 ± 4.3893.15 ± 4.3897.18 ± 4.380.156
Villus area4438.84 ± 372.84798.02 ± 372.85345.44 ± 395.50.245
Muscular layer thickness80.13 ± 4.2373.38 ± 4.2382.70 ± 4.230.293
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet; Values in the same row having different superscript letters are significantly different at p < 0.05 (n = 9).
Table 11. Microbiology results of the digesta of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
Table 11. Microbiology results of the digesta of sea trout fed with experimental diets.
TargetDiets
CON 1TMD 2ZMD 3p-Value
Total number of bacteria9.499.529.540.576
Aeromonas spp.9.34 a9.36 a9.24 b0.037
Carnobacterium spp.9.34 a9.17 b9.10 b0.001
Enterococcus spp.9.29 a9.29 a9.15 b0.017
Lactobacillus group9.38 a9.18 b9.23 ab0.025
Bacillus spp.9.139.129.190.508
1 CON—fishmeal diet (control); 2 TMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed mealworm diet; 3 ZMD—enzyme-hydrolyzed superworm diet; Values in the same row having different superscript letters are significantly different at p < 0.05 (n = 9).

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