|Title||Model based optimization of feeding regimens in aquaculture: application to the improvement of Octopus vulgaris viability in captivity.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Hormiga, JA, Almansa, E, Sykes, AV, Torres, NV|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Date Published||2010 Sep 1|
|Keywords||Animals, Aquaculture, Climate Change, Feeding Behavior, Models, Biological, Octopodiformes|
The culture of common octopus (Octopus vulgaris), one important candidate to the aquaculture diversification, faces significant difficulties, mainly related with an inadequate first development stages diet. A mathematical model integrating disperse information on the nutrient composition throughout the species ontogenic development as well as on the effects of broodstock feeding and diet composition data of O. vulgaris, allowed us to predict the time evolution of paralarvae nutritional composition in terms of protein and lipid fractions and to design an optimal diet composition with the objective to ensure the maximal survival. The optimization routine showed that a diet based on the spider crab (Maja squinado) zoea composition is the most suitable for reaching the best survival rates. Results are verified by comparison with available experimental data. The obtained results and the prospective developments are a good example of how the systemic, quantitative model based approach can be used to analyse and contribute to the understanding of complex biological systems.
|Alternate Journal||J. Biotechnol.|