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Improving Animal Welfare and Meat Quality in Aquaculture through Phytogenic Nutraceuticals: The PHYTOWELFISH Project

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Improving Animal Welfare and Meat Quality in Aquaculture through Phytogenic Nutraceuticals: The PHYTOWELFISH Project

The Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences of the University of Cádiz (UCA) is taking the lead on a new project aimed at improving animal welfare and the quality of aquaculture products. The project, titled “Application of phytogenic nutraceuticals in aquaculture to improve animal welfare and meat quality (PHYTOWELFISH)” is being coordinated by Ismael Jerez Cepa and Juan Miguel Mancera.

With a funding of 236,264.37 euros, the project aims to address the growing demand for high-quality aquaculture products while ensuring the welfare of the animals and the sustainability of the sector. This initiative is particularly important in the context of global climate change and socioeconomic instability, and is seen as an innovative and sustainable response to these challenges.

The project will involve conducting in vivo trials to evaluate the effects of the administration of phytogenic nutraceuticals in various aspects, from stress regulation to the physicochemical and microbiological quality of the final product. Key to the success of the project is the collaboration with companies such as BEDSON ESPAÑA SL and TECNOLOGÍA Y VITAMINAS SL (TECNOVIT), which will contribute their experience in the design, manufacturing, and quality control of the products involved.

The expected results of the project cover practical applications, such as improving the final quality and freshness of aquaculture products, as well as scientific advances, providing crucial information on the effects of phytogenic nutraceuticals on animal welfare and nutritional quality. Additionally, the project will contribute to academic development, providing opportunities for research in various academic programs at the UCA.

The project is timely, as animal welfare is a priority for both legislators and consumers. As the organizers of the project note, the PHYTOWELFISH Project represents a step forward towards more ethical, sustainable, and high-quality aquaculture. This project is part of the Complementary Plan for Marine Sciences and the Recovery, Transformation, and Resilience Plan, aimed at research, development, and innovation (R+D+i) projects.

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