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Dr. Amel Mohammed Ahmed El Asely :: Publications:

Title:
Honey bee pollen improves growth, immunity and protection of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) against infection with Aeromonas hydrophila
Authors: Amel M. El-Asely1, Amany A. Abbass1, Brian Austin
Year: 2015
Keywords: Honey bee pollen; tilapia; protection; A. hydrophila
Journal: Fish and shellfish immunology
Volume: 40
Issue: 2014
Pages: 500-506
Publisher: El Savier
Local/International: International
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Abstract:

The mode of action of honey bee pollen (HBP) was investigated in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila. Thus, fish with an average weight 29 ± 3.01g were divided into four groups, and fed with HBP free diet (control), 1%, 2.5% and 4% (w/v) HBP incorporated into basal diet for 10, 20 and 30 days. Immunological, hematological, biochemical and growth parameters were measured, and sub-groups of fish were challenged with A. hydrophila through intraperitoneal injection. HBP significantly increased the growth performance parameters [body weight, length, average daily gain (ADG), specific growth rate (SGR), and feed efficiency ratio (FER)] and immunological parameters (phagocytic activity, serum bactericidal activity and nitroblue tetrazolium assay (NBT)), hematological (hematocrit (Hct), leucocrit (Lct), Neutrophil, Monocyte and Lymphocyte) and biochemical (serum total protein, albumin and globulin ratios). Furthermore, all treated fish exhibited significant protection against challenge with A. hydrophila, with the highest protection (93.33%) observed in the group fed with 2.5% (w/v) HBP for 20 and 30 days.

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