Marine Biotechnology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 1–12 | Cite as

A Review of the Functionality of Probiotics in the Larviculture Food Chain

  • Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tinh
  • Kristof Dierckens
  • Patrick Sorgeloos
  • Peter Bossier
Invited Review


During the past two decades, the use of probiotics as an alternative to the use of antibiotics has shown to be promising in aquaculture, particularly in fish and shellfish larviculture. This article reviews the studies on probiotics in larviculture, focusing on the current knowledge of their in vivo mechanisms of action. The article highlights that the in vivo mechanisms of action largely remain to be unravelled. Several methodologies are suggested for further in vivo research, including studies on gut microbiota composition, the use of gnotobiotic animals as test models, and the application of molecular techniques to study host–microbe and microbe–microbe interactions.


aquaculture gnotobiotic gut microbiota host–microbe interaction larviculture mechanism of action molecular techniques probiotic 


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  • Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tinh
    • 1
  • Kristof Dierckens
    • 1
  • Patrick Sorgeloos
    • 1
  • Peter Bossier
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference CenterGhent UniversityGentBelgium

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