Alginate increases water stability whilst maintaining diet digestibility in farmed saltwater crocodiles
Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) farming in Papua New Guinea is an emerging industry. Crocodiles are fed high quality feed made from extruded animal by-products, however it disintegrates on contact with water, and this leads to low utilisation.
Our study showed that alginate addition to crocodile feed improved its stability in water and did not impair nutrient digestion. Application of these findings should greatly decrease feed wastage, which ultimately will increase economic returns and decrease environmental impacts.
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