Have you ever asked yourself the role marine sediments play in the shrimp life cycle?
Is it just a place shrimp burrow into for protection or to help physically during molting?
The microbiome is now a big area of research for human health. As is and has been for a while with shrimp.
Growing shrimp on bacteria, like on algae, has been researched extensively. There are biofloc shrimp culture technologies (BFT) and bacterial meal feeds. Clay used in shrimp feeds as binders is commonly incorporated.
As a Oceanographer and soil scientist my first role in 1983 was to study shrimp pond bottoms. In their natural state shrimp are benthic bottom feeders, unlike fish that live more within the water column. Looking at the build up of sediments from algae, feed and bacteria is important to understand the shrimp life cycle.
Perhaps marine sediments are supplying something more than just protection for shrimp – like a good dose of beneficial (or not) bacteria….