A desirable goal of the aquaculture sector is to replace most of fish meal and fish oil with more sustainable, cost-effective and environmental friendly ingredients ensuring fish health and welfare standards. Due to minimal environmental impact, compared to most conventional feed commodities, insects deserve a growing attention as candidate ingredients for aquafeeds. The present study investigated, for the first time, the possible application of a 100% insect diet in zebrafish larval rearing. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the major biological responses of fish to the new diets were assessed. Results of biometry, fatty acid composition, expression of genes involved in fish growth, stress response, lipid metabolism, chitinolytic activity, gut inflammation and liver macromolecular composition suggested a possible application insect larvae for zebrafish larval rearing. However, further studies are necessary to better understand the use of this insect species in the rearing of fish.

Rearing zebrafish on black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens): biometric,histological, spectroscopic, biochemical and molecular implications.

G. Cardinaletti;F. Tulli;
2018

Abstract

A desirable goal of the aquaculture sector is to replace most of fish meal and fish oil with more sustainable, cost-effective and environmental friendly ingredients ensuring fish health and welfare standards. Due to minimal environmental impact, compared to most conventional feed commodities, insects deserve a growing attention as candidate ingredients for aquafeeds. The present study investigated, for the first time, the possible application of a 100% insect diet in zebrafish larval rearing. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the major biological responses of fish to the new diets were assessed. Results of biometry, fatty acid composition, expression of genes involved in fish growth, stress response, lipid metabolism, chitinolytic activity, gut inflammation and liver macromolecular composition suggested a possible application insect larvae for zebrafish larval rearing. However, further studies are necessary to better understand the use of this insect species in the rearing of fish.
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