Bioenergetics and Growth
[Fish Physiology Series - Vol 08]
By William S Hoar, David J Randall, J R Brett
Fisheries science has lacked a comparable, comprehensive text dealing with physiological and biochemical processes concerning the acquisition and utilization of food for energy and growth. In this century the expanding development of fish hatcheries and the recent advances in commercial aquaculture have brought a great increase in the need for synthesized knowledge of the physiology and nutrition of fishes. The chapters have been organized to proceed from a review of the most recent advances in nutrition, with emphasis on energy and growth requirements from the diet, through the stages of acquisition of food, to its metabolic utilization for maintenance and activity. Energy conversion during developmental stages, environmental effects, and hormonal influence on growth are complemented by considerations of aspects of cytological and population genetics. A final chapter on mathematical approaches to growth modeling completes this volume.