The role of probiotics in aquaculture

Vet Microbiol. 2006 May 31;114(3-4):173-86. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2006.01.009. Epub 2006 Feb 21.


The increase of productivity in aquaculture has been accompanied by ecological impacts including emergence of a large variety of pathogens and bacterial resistance. These impacts are in part due to the indiscriminate use of chemotherapeutic agents as a result of management practices in production cycles. This review provides a summary of the use of probiotics for prevention of bacterial diseases in aquaculture, with a critical evaluation of results obtained to date.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aquaculture / methods*
  • Bacteria / growth & development
  • Crustacea / microbiology
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Fish Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Fishes
  • Mollusca / microbiology
  • Pest Control, Biological / methods*
  • Probiotics* / therapeutic use