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Abstract

Taurine or Sodium Diformate Supplementation to a Low Fishmeal Plant-Based Diet Enhanced Immunity and Muscle Cellularity of European Sea-Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)..

Elham A. Wassef*, Norhan E. Saleh and Ahmed M. Ashry

A feeding trial was carried out to investigate the effects of either Taurine (T) or Sodium Diformate (NDF) supplementation to a low Fish Meal (FM) plant-based diet on growth, health status, immunity and muscle cellularity of European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax. Four diets contained either 46% FM as the control (CTRL), or 20% FM and a mixture of plant proteins (PMX), complemented or not with 1% T (PMX+T) or 0.3% NDF (PMX+NDF) were fed to juvenile seabass (~14.0 g) for 13 weeks. Major findings suggest that the low-FM/plant-mix diet enriched with either T or NDF can promote growth, normalize physiological conditions and improve the striated muscle structure of fish.