When it comes to tackling world hunger, we often focus on maximizing crop yields and enabling food producers to make changes to better serve the planet’s growing population,media BGR reported. Researchers at the University of California have come up with a slightly different solution, involving a fish you’ve probably never heard of before.
The fish is known by the name Cebidichthys violaceus, but it is commonly known as Monkeyface Prickleback ( Monkey Face Line. There is no denying that its looks look very strange. But it’s obviously also delicious and can be farmed in large quantities to become human things. Researchers at the University of California described the herbivorous fish meat as “new white meat”, suggesting it was easy to breed. The study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
As the paper notes, the fish is very cold-resistant and has evolved the ability to live on land for nearly two days and breathe air to survive during that time. In terms of size, it’s not a giant creature, about three feet long and weighs about six pounds. The fact that the fish is “strictly vegetarian” makes it ideal for large-scale farming.
“Using plant-based food ingredients reduces pollution and costs,” study lead author Joseph Heras said in a statement. However, most aquaculture fish are carnivores and cannot handle plant lipids. Sequencing the genome gives us a better understanding of the types of genes required to break down plant materials. If we scan the genomes of other fish, we may find that omnivorous fish have the right genes that could provide new candidates for sustainable aquaculture. “