The CIIMAR study “The Use of Defatted Tenebrio molitor Larvae Meal as a Main Protein Source Is Supported in European Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) by Data on Growth Performance, Lipid Metabolism, and Flesh Quality” published in Frontiers in Physiology demonstrate that fish meal replacement by defatted Tenebrio molitor larvae meal is largely feasible in European sea bass without detrimental effects on growth performance, nutrient utilization, intestinal integrity, and flesh nutritional and textural quality.
The authors Ana Basto and Luisa M.P. Valente from CIIMAR also were able to study the underlying mechanisms involved in nutrient metabolism, namely lipid metabolism, while using defatted Tenebrio molitor larvae meal to replace fish meal by defatted Tenebrio molitor larvae meal on fillet quality of European sea bass.
Further research is needed to fully validate such nutritional approach at farm level throughout the production cycle.
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