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Michel Autin,Techical Director West Med BioMar and Mathieu Castex, Product Manager Lallemand (Photo: BioMar Group)

BioMar Launches First Feed Range With Probiotic Bacteria

  (DENMARK, 9/27/2012)

Just a few days after the European Food Safety Authority published the approval of the use of the probiotic bacteria strain Pediococcus acidilactici MA18/5M in feed for all fish species, the fish feed supplier BioMar is now ready with a new product range, LARVIVA Pro, which will include this innovation.

“The effect of this probiotic strain on deformities in fish larvae and fry is now well documented, and we are very pleased to be the first, who can launch a feed, which will have such a big impact on the production economy in the hatcheries”, says Michel Autin, Technical Director from BioMar.

The LARVIVA hatchery feed range is a complete package covering all the nutritional needs of fish larvae and small fry

LARVIVA ProStart is the first feed in the new product range. It is an agglomerated early weaning diet, which can partly substitute artemia. The company says that LARVIVA has proved to be the most efficient way to deliver the probiotic bacteria to the gut of the fish. In the fish gut the probiotic bacteria has a beneficial impact stabilising the gut flora and it prevents the development of an inflammation, which has been identified as the cause of the costly spinal deformities. At the same time the presence of the probiotic bacteria improves mineral uptake in the early life stages and the final result is a higher share of well conformed fish.

P.acidilactici MA18/5M, which is also known under the commercial name Bactocell, is not unknown to hatcheries across the world. Many hatcheries have actually used the same bacterial strain in the rearing water in the production of rotifers and artemia, primarily to stabilise the culture. However, when applied in this way only a minor amount of the beneficial bacteria seems to end in the fish gut.

BioMar says that with LARVIVA ProStart it is easier to secure that the larvae receives a sufficient amount of the probiotic bacteria.

“Part of the research work which led to the favourable EFSA-opinion for P. Acidilactici MA18/5M was done using trial versions of the new LARVIVA products with probiotics. We have in these trials obtained an excellent documentation for the performance and especially we have very good results regards to the effect of the feed on the occurrence of deformities in fish larvae and fry”, says Michel Autin.

He explains that depending on the general rearing conditions and the protocol used, the reduction in deformities has been up to 50 percent.

About BioMar

The BioMar group is one of the leading suppliers of high performance fish feed to the aquaculture industry.

The company’s main business areas are feed for salmon and trout in Norway, the United Kingdom, and Chile, and feed for trout, eel, sea-bass, and sea-bream in Continental Europe.

BioMar's factory in Myre, Norway

Source: BioMar

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