Effects of fish oil substitution with a mix blend vegetable oil on nutrient digestibility in Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii

Francis, David, Turchini, Giovanni, Jones, Paul and De Silva, Sena 2007, Effects of fish oil substitution with a mix blend vegetable oil on nutrient digestibility in Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii, Aquaculture, vol. 269, no. 1-4, pp. 447-455.


Title Effects of fish oil substitution with a mix blend vegetable oil on nutrient digestibility in Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii
Author(s) Francis, David
Turchini, Giovanni
Jones, Paul
De Silva, Sena
Journal name Aquaculture
Volume number 269
Issue number 1-4
Start page 447
End page 455
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2007-09-14
ISSN 0044-8486
Keyword(s) fatty acid digestibility
fish oil substitution
vegetable oils
Summary The replacement of fish oil with vegetable based oils is a strategy which is increasingly being adopted by the aquafeed industry as an essential component to reduce the reliance on a limited supply of a natural resource, which in turn also provides cost benefits. The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the lipid and fatty acid digestibility of a mix blend vegetable oil in juvenile Murray cod; an emerging species of increasing interest in the Australian aquaculture sector. Five semi purified experimental diets were formulated with 17% lipid originating from fish oil (FO) which was substituted in 25% increments by blended vegetable oil (VO), formulated using olive oil (12%), palm oil (43%) and linseed oil (45%) to match the major fatty acid classes of the FO.

Significant differences between the dietary treatments with regard to the lipid and individual fatty acid digestibility were recorded. This study clearly demonstrated that in Murray cod fatty acid digestibility decreases with chain length, and inversely increases relative to the degree of unsaturation. The combination of chain length, degree of unsaturation and the melting point of individual fatty acids resulted in the digestibility of PUFA > MUFA > SFA and short chain > longer chain fatty acids. Therefore, the inclusion of a mixed blend vegetable oil resulted in significantly reduced lipid digestibility in juvenile Murray cod.
Language eng
Field of Research 070401 Aquaculture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier B.V.
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