Yellowtail kinfish larval culture. (Photo: Universidad de Antofagasta)
Probiotics to optimize yellowtail kingfish larvae survival
Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The Fund for the Support to Scientific and Technological Development (Fondef) awarded a grant of CLP 208 million (USD 450,700) to the University of Antofagasta (UA) to study the improvement of yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) seeds.
According to the vice chancellor for research and post-graduate department of the AU, Carlos Riquelme, this initiative aims to develop probiotics to improve yellowtail kingfish larvae survival, "so there is no need to use antibiotics when implementing large-scale farming in the sea."
|Farmed Yellowtail kinfish. (Photo: UA)
It is estimated that yellowtail kingfish farming in the region of Antofagasta, in northern Chile, could become a new industry similar to the salmon firm in the south of the country.
"By generating probiotics to feed dolphingfish larvae, we will increase its resistance to possible diseases (pathogens) during juvenile and adult development, and it will not be necessary to use antibiotics that ultimately end up damaging the environment where the crops grow," said Riquelme.
The project Optimization of the survival of the seeds of Seriola Lalandi through the use of probiotics was selected from a total of 54 approved ones and affords the participation of the companies Aguas Antofagasta and Algas Prodalmar Ltda, which act as a counterpart.
One part of the research will be developed in Mesocosmos Marinos, a modern laboratory that is considered unique in its kind in Latin America. The idea is that in this unit the probiotics effectiveness can be tested, according to UA.
By Analia Murias