Yogurt with special bacteria helping fish and farmers in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Updated Oct 16, 2021
Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) A yogurt created by the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) is strengthening the immune systems and growth of shrimp and fish, helping them fight off diseases that have been eroding their farmers' profits, the FRI said Friday. The institute, an agency under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture, said the yogurt has been proven to accelerate the growth of fish and shrimp and mitigate the negative effects of pathogens that are especially aggressive in the summer. In an interview with CNA, FRI Aquaculture Division research fellow Huang Mei-ying (黃美瑩) said the yogurt was developed in response to complaints by commercial fish farmers in Kaohsiung that pathogenic bacteria were infecting their fish and costing them money. The FRI decided to look into the problem and quickly sought to determine if the use of probiotics could help. What they found, according to Huang, was an earlier FRI study showing that a "B4 lactic acid bacteria" extracted from bass was a natural ...
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