Incorporating fodder beet Beta vulgaris cv. Majoral in Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (L.) diet

Ibrahim E.H. Belal

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Four approximately isoenergetic isonitrogenous diets containing 0, 150, 300 and 510 g kg-1 fodder beet as a replacement for dietary corn in Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus) fingerling commercial feed were fed to triplicate groups (15 fish each) of fingerlings (2.46 g) for 9 weeks in a re-circulating system. Fish were fed three times a day to satiation. Tilapia weight gain, feed conversion, specific growth rate and protein efficiency ratio were similar in fish fed diets containing 0 (control), 150 and 300 g kg-1 fodder beet (P < 0.05). Proximate carcass composition was affected (P < 0.05) by replacing dietary corn with fodder beet. As the level of fodder beet increased, fish body moisture was increased and fat reduced. Further increase in fodder beet inclusion to 510 g kg-1 had a negative effect on fish growth performance. In conclusion, replacing corn with fodder beet in tilapia feed up to 300 g kg-1 would produce growth parameters similar to those fed corn (control groups).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalEmirates Journal of Food and Agriculture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbohydrates
  • Feed
  • Fish
  • Fodder beet
  • Tilapia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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