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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sicences 2017, Vol 17, Num, 1     (Pages: 1-5)

Influence of Lactobacillus plantarum Inclusion in the Diet of Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) on Performance and Hematological Parameters

Moheb Ali Pourgholam 1 ,Hossein Khara 2 ,Reza Safari 3 ,Mohammad Ali Yazdani Sadati 1 ,Mohammad Sadegh Aramli 4

1 Caspian Sea International Sturgeon Research Institute, Rasht, Iran
2 Islamic Azad University, Faculty of Natural Resources, Fisheries Department, Lahijan Branch, Lahijan, Iran
3 Ecology Research Institute of the Caspian Sea, Sari, Iran
4 Urmia University, Faculty of Natural Resources, Fisheries Department, Urmia, Iran
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v17_1_01 The current study was carried out to evaluate the effects of probiotic, Lactobacillus plantarum on growth performance and hematological parameters in Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii). Fish (14.6±2.3 g) were fed three experimental diets prepared by supplementing a basal diet with L. plantarum at different concentrations (1×107, 1×108 and 1×109 colony-forming units (cfu) g–1) and a control (non-supplemented basal) diet for 8 weeks. At the end of the experiment, 3 fish were sampled randomly from each tank and were anaesthetized. Then, blood samples were introduced to heparinized tubes in order to perform performance and hematological studies. Growth performance indices were increased in fish fed the 1×108 cfu g-1 L. plantarum diet compared to the other groups. Furthermore, the fish fed on various levels of L. plantarum significantly showed higher red blood cell, hemoglobin, white blood cell and monocyte compared to those of the control group (P<0.05). Although, the effect of probiotic treatments on other hematological parameters were not significant (P>0.05); but this value was higher in probiotic supplement treatments compared to control group. These results indicated that dietary supplementation of L. plantarum improved growth performance and hematological parameters in Siberian sturgeon. Keywords : Acipenser baerii, Lactobacillus plantarum, probiotic, hematological parameters