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Disease challenge indicates a diet of MrFeed® provides shrimp immunity to EMS disease
A study performed by University of Arizona reveals that shrimp fed a complete MrFeed ® diet can survive a dose of a highly infectious strain of Vibrio parahaemolyticus that causes Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS).
SAN DIEGO, July 15, 2015 – Menon Renewable Products, Inc.
Scientists at the University of Arizona performed a study in which shrimp were exposed to the pathogen that causes Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS). EMS is caused by a strain of Vibrio parahaemolyticus that colonizes within the shrimp gastrointestinal tract and produces a toxin that causes tissue destruction and dysfunction of the hepatopancreas. EMS is also known as Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND). The disease is rapidly becoming a major concern for the shrimp farming industry, as it has decimated the shrimp production in regions of South East Asia.
In the study performed at the University of Arizona, Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) were fed MrFeed® formulated diet for 21 days. On the 21st day the shrimp were exposed to a dose of the EMS-causing bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Seven days after exposure the shrimp had an average survivability of 90%, which is equivalent to tanks of shrimp that were not exposed to EMS. Tanks that had been fed a standard, commercially available diet had an average of only 10% survivability.
Dr. Suresh Menon, founder of Menon Renewable Products: “We are very excited for these results and the positive way MrFeed® can help these animals. The EMS disease and other diseases in aquaculture is a growing problem. Menon MrFeed® provides unmatched survivability for shrimp exposed to EMS-causing pathogens compared to commercially available feed products. MrFeed® provides a complete, well-rounded diet for shrimp and other aquatic species.”
About Menon Renewable Products, Inc.
Menon Renewable Products is a sustainable biomass conversion company that converts low-value organic feedstocks to high value products using its CelTherm™ process. Two such products, MrFeed® and rHFuels™ have been validated through independent testing and government-sponsored studies on more than 100 types of feedstocks over six years.
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