Nutrition and Feeding

A section of Fishes (ISSN 2410-3888).

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Good nutrition in animal production systems is essential for the production of a high-quality and competitive product on the market. In aquaculture, nutrition represents about 50% of the production costs of all cultivated species. Thus, the development of balanced commercial diets that promote optimal growth of farmed species and cost-effective ingredients is crucial for the development of the aquaculture sector, which represents the main source of animal proteins of the human diet in many countries of the world. Nutrition and feeding are the significant criteria that should be focused for high-quality, affordable, and sustainable aquaculture.

This section aims to improve our understanding of the nutritional needs and feeding of aquacultured species through the presentation of reviews and original research papers that include all aquatic organisms adapted to warm or cold water, freshwater, brackish, and sea water. Study models employed to understand complex biological mechanisms are welcomed.

The scope of this section includes studies on:

  • Basic knowledge of the nutrition and feeding of aquacultured species;
  • Nutritional biochemistry and physiology studies from extensive aquaculture to laboratory;
  • Development of new sustainable and alternative feed ingredients to improve the sustainability of the currently used aquaculture feeds;
  • The relationships between nutrition and growth, reproduction, and other normal physiological functions;
  • Nutritional needs in integrated aquaculture systems;
  • Feed manufacturing and feed additives to improve water resistance and reduce nutrient release, thus helping the aquaculture feed industry;
  • Natural substance mechanisms used as feed ingredients to stimulate growth and improve general health status;
  • Functional feed additives as prebiotics, bioactive compounds derived from medicinal plants, probiotics, and synbiotics;
  • Nutrients, feed additives, gut microbiome, and gastrointestinal health.

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