DESCRIPTION

Name of the infrastructure: Feed Ingredients-additives Testing Unit (FITU)
Location (town, country): Las Palmas, Spain
Web site address: www.giaqua.org
Legal name of organisation operating the infrastructure: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC)
Location of organisation (town, country): Las Palmas, Spain

The infrastructure includes an ingredient processing laboratory, a feed production hall, two series of 15 digestibility tanks (200 and 500 litres) and three wet labs with 170 tanks of 100, 200, 500 and 1 000 litres, as well as two lines for commercial scale testing, provided with computer controlled automatic, auto-demand or manual feeding and waste feed collectors (feed intake control), to test diets and ingredients for either larvae (including automated start feeding), juveniles or broodstock of marine fish species, both commercial or new species for aquaculture. Photoperiod control is also available in 100, 200 and 500 litres tanks. It also has access to a complete nutrition laboratory equipped with 3 GLCs, GC-MS, 3 HPLCs, Densitometer, Iatroscan, Khjeldahl, ovens, muffles, etc., where all lipid, protein, aminoacids, fatty acids, lipid classes, vitamins, pigments, toxines, dioxines, PCBs and certain minerals from ingredients, feeds, live preys, seaweeds, moluscs, fish, turtles and marine mammals are daily analysed. Several successful EU and national projects have been conducted in this facility which has been completely renewed one year ago allowing complete automatisation and control for research on larval, juvenile and broodstock nutrition including nutritional requirements determination, alternative nutrient sources search, development of feeding tables and feeding methods, etc. The facility is included in the Marine Scientific and Technological Park of the ULPGC and has access to other large aquaculture infrastructures and laboratories, such as in vitro cell studies.

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