HAKI - Halbiológiai Osztály - Research Group of Fish Nutrition

Research topics in progress

Alternative protein sources for aquafeed. Developing fish feeds based on by-products of agriculture and food industry.

Development of aquaculture is highly influenced by the availability of quality, economical and affordable fish feeds. Due to the increasing demands and decreasing availability the production of fish meal and fish oil has been constantly decreasing in the last decade, therefore it is needed to search for adequate alternative fat and protein sources that can effectively replace the components that are originated from marine fish catches. An alternative of replacing fish meal could be the application of other proteins of vegetable or animal origin and development of fish feeds and production technologies based on them. However, in the application of these protein sources attention should be paid to their known features, e. g. their worse digestibility, crude ash content of bone meal and feather meal, low essential amino-acid content of blood meal and meat meal, which does not satisfy the needs of the fish, etc.

However, these disadvantages can be significantly reduced by development of feed production technology, development of new fish feed recipes, supplementations with amino-acids (e. g. lysine, methionine and iso-leucine), vitamins and micronutrients or application of enzymes helping digestion.

We plan to apply corn DDGS, a by-product of bioethanol production in fish feeds. High protein, fat, digestible fiber and available phosphorus content of DDGS enables the production of fish feed with high nutritive value. The insect meal should play an important role in aquaculture nutrition, but generally the insects present some characteristics that do not match with the fish requirement and the feed acceptance by each specie raising further questions.

Effect of maternal nutrition to reproduction of fish and viability of progeny. Development of reproduction feeds to obtain high quality larvae.

Broodstock nutrition can significantly impact reproductive performance and affect the quality of progeny. The nutrient supply regarding the fatty acids especially long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (Lc-PUFAs) has special importance as they significantly could contribute to adequate nutrient reserves of the eggs. On the other hand the reproduction parameter (spawning performance, hatching rate, fertilization rate etc.) and larvae performance (survival rate, development, deformities ratio) highly depends on the essential fatty acid ratio of the oocites. Essential fatty acid deficiency was frequently experienced in Hungarian carp farming using cereals as supplementary feed to natural food available in ponds. The reproduction success is still questioning issue in intensive production of different fish species, as well.


Running projects

  • GINOP-2.3.2-15-2016-00058
  • GINOP-2.3.2-15-2016-00025


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