Monitoring the gut health of fish stock in trials and in the field
The gut digests the feed and absorbs nutrients as well as well serving as a regulator of appetite and nutrient metabolism, and represents a barrier to ions, substances and micro-organisms. A healthy gut is key in optimizing feed utilization, maximising growth and conversely, enteropathy is costly as it disrupts key nutritional functions and diverts resources away from growth towards inflammatory responses. Aquamedic offers an expert gut health monitoring service to examine and assess the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract of seawater-farmed Atlantic salmon under real-life field conditions. To feed companies and research groups, we provide specialized services to evaluate the impact on gut structure and function of feed ingredients, bioactive dietary components, health-promoting feeds, and diet formulations.