Lordosis and other vertebral deformities are significant problems in European marine aquaculture including sea bass These problems have serious impact on the industry's productivity, on product quality and on animal welfare.
The objectives are:
(1) To assess the influence of rearing temperature, nutrition (mainly Vitamins C and E and Selenium), current velocities and their interactions on the incidence of lordosis;
(2) To assess, for the same factors and same groups o fish, the influence on musculoskeletal development and growth at tissue, cell protein and molecular level, as an informed basis for reducing the problem of lordosis and for optimising musculoskeletal growth;
3) To provide a too for standardised assessment of quality in a commercial environment, which will take into account not only the presence or absence of skeletal deformities, but also the real effects of their different expression-intensities on both biological performance and product final image.
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