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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF FEEDS FOR OPTIMUM NUTRITION OF CULTURED SHRIMP AND FINFISH

Location: Tropical Plant Genetic Resources and Disease Research

Project Number: 5320-31000-008-02
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 29, 2008
End Date: Sep 18, 2013

Objective:
The objectives of this cooperative research project are to: (1) Determine nutrient requirements of target aquatic species and develop viable diet formulations as a foundation for commercial industry development; (2) Identify and characterize regionally based plant and animal co-products as ingredients for aquatic feeds; and, (3) Develop commercially-applicable ingredient and feed processing techniques that optimize economic potential and limit waste.

Approach:
Research will utilize tank and laboratory based trials to define key dietary requirements of Pacific white shrimp and marine fish of local interest (Pacific threadfin and amberjack); and, with PBARC, utilize molecular methods to identify expression sequences applicable to selective breeding and/or genetic modification. Efforts will also target novel and value-added regional plant and animal feedstuffs and waste-stream co-products from the biofuels and rendering industries in diets for target species. This project will also determine nutrient content, functional properties, nutrient digestibility, and attractability of potential ingredients and, with PBARC, identify and overcome anti-nutritional properties of novel ingredients through selective breeding and/or genetic modification. In addition, scale-up grinding, mixing, agglomeration, pre-conditioning, and post-conditioning methods applicable to commercial feed milling operations will be developed. Formerly 5320-31000-007-03G (8/2008). Documents SCA with Oceanic Institute. Formerly 5320-31000-007-04S (2/2010).

Last Modified: 8/29/2014
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