Manual on Artemia production and use

This FAO publication on brine shrimp is a manual for all those who are using Artemia or have an interest in this organism, whether as a source of live food in the hatchery, as a model organism in research, or for other purpose. It is intended for those who wish to update their knowledge on its biology, production or its use, but also for those who want to learn about Artemia for the first time. A team of leading Artemia experts from around the globe with diverse backgrounds, expertise and working in research, education and/or the industry have jointly contributed to its writing. This manual presents in a concise form essential information on Artemia biology and the most important natural cyst resources that find their way to the aquaculture market. It also provides detailed information on general principles and practical procedures to produce Artemia in ponds and in tank systems. Finally, the manual offers a compilation of state-of-the-art guidelines and methodologies related to the use of this crucial live food organism in aquaculture. The illustrations, tables and practical worksheets will help the reader to implement the correct procedures in the production and use of Artemia. This publication is a must for anyone working with this unique organism.

Supplementary material (in excel format) that accompanies this publication is available for download separately.


Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.


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