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Mycotoxins in fish feed: a potential stressor for fish?

StressChron Framework:

Project code 028
Role Partner
Research area Unravelling the impact of chronic stress across vertebrates
Research topic Feed as stressor focusing on invertebrates (e.g. Artemia), mycotoxins and fish feed constituents
Vertebrate Fish
Species Teleost fish


The research goal is to unravel whether mycotoxines in fish feed are a stressor for Teleost fish in aquaculture, and can be a potential effector in the ontogeny of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis in fish larvae. Hereto, an ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for quantification of a mycotoxin profile in fish feed was developed in an EN ISO/IEC 17025 regulated environment and analytically validated according the requirements of the Commission Decision No. 2002/657/EC.


Keywords: aquaculture, fish, stress, feed, UPLC-MS/MS, mycotoxin

Funding: Internal

Status: Finalized


Ghent University, Belgium (Aerts J, De Saeger S, Zheng H)

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium (Aerts J)

Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shanghai - China (Sun W, Han Z, Nie D, Jin M, Shi W, Zhao Z)

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai - China (Wu A)

Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai - China (Sun W, Jin M, Zhao Z)


Sun W, Han Z, Aerts J, Nie D, Jin M, Shi W, Zhao Z, De Saeger S, Zhao Y, Wu A (2015) A reliable liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry method for simultaneous determination of multiple mycotoxins in fresh fish and dried seafoods. J. Chrom. A 1387:42-48. (Q1 - IF=4.258)

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