Virtual Conference

Syed Makhdoom Hussain

Government College University, Pakistan

Title: Use of Conventional and Non-Conventional Plant By-Products in Aquaculture Nutrition


The current talk will evaluate the use of conventional and non-conventional plant products in aqua-feeds to promote the sustainable production of multiple fish species in aquaculture. The development of sustainable protein sources to substitute fish meal in aqua-feeds is critical to the continued growth and intensification of aquaculture productivity. Fish feed plays an important role in the growth of the aquaculture industry. Fishmeal (FM) has been employed as the principal protein element in aquaculture because of its beneficial essential amino acids, high digestibility, and palatability. Fishmeal prices are expected to rise by 20% between now and 2030 because of rising demand and increased output. This requires the search for better FM alternatives for long term aqua-feed production. In this light, much efforts have been conducted to seek the sustainable supplies of protein sources to substitute FM. Good nutrition in production systems is essential to economically produce a healthy, high product the first consideration for formulation of feed is the quality of the feed ingredients. Use of plant protein source in the feed industry has been in practice for various advantages such as sustainability, availability, cost effectiveness etc. Because of their high protein content, excellent amino acid profile, low cost, and year-round availability, they are commonly utilized as a cost-effective alternative to high-quality fish meal in diets for many aquaculture fish species. 

Moringa oleifera leaf meal, Moringa oleifera seed meal, Canola meal, Sunflower meal, and Cottonseed meal have all been studied extensively. Different supplements, such as enzymes, probiotics, organic acids, and Nano-particles, are also given to fish meals in addition to plant by-products. All of these factors help fish species enhance their growth, nutrient digestibility, and body composition.


Syed Makhdoom Hussain is serving as a Tenured Associate Professor at Department of Zoology Government College University Faisalabad. He completed his Ph.D. Zoology degree in 2011 in the research field of Fish Nutrition from Department of Zoology and Fisheries, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He has published more than 175 research papers in well reputed National and International journals. He has good academic and research approach and is referee of renowned international and national journals including Aquaculture Nutrition, World Aquaculture Society and Journal of Applied Animal Research. He has supervised 8 PhD and 45 M. Phil students. Currently 4 PhD and 5 M. Phil students are writing their theses under his supervision. He has completed 4 Research Projects. He has established two Fish Nutrition Labs in Department of Zoology, GCUF. He has organized and participated in numerous National and International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. Currently he is running two more research projects funded by HEC in the field of Fish Nutrition. He has developed 5 new courses in the field of Fisheries and Aquaculture. In recognition of his contributions he has also been awarded by number of times with Research Productivity Awards by Vice Chancellor Government College University, Faisalabad and Gold Medal in the field of Fish Nutrition by The Applied Zoological Society of Pakistan.