Strategic points in aquaponics

Ranka Junge, Bettina König, Morris Villarroel, Tamas Komives, M. Haïssam Jijakli

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Abstract

Global environmental, social and economic challenges drive the need for new and improved solutions for food production and consumption. Food production within a sustainability corridor requires innovations exceeding traditional paradigms, acknowledging the complexity arising from sustainability. However, there is a lack of knowledge about how to direct further activities, to develop technologies as potential solutions for questions related to climate change, loss of soil fertility and biodiversity, scarcity of resources, and shortage of drinking water. One approach that promises to address these problems is controlled environment agriculture. Aquaponics (AP) combines two technologies: recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) and hydroponics (plant production in water, without soil) in a closed-loop system. One challenge to the development of this technology is the conversion of the toxic ammonium produced by the fish into nitrate, via bacteria in a biofilter, to provide nitrogen to the plants. However, as this Special Issue shows, there are many other challenges that need to be addressed if the goal of the technology is to contribute to more sustainable food production systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number182
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Aquaponics
  • Bacteria
  • Challenges
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology

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Junge, R., König, B., Villarroel, M., Komives, T., & Jijakli, M. H. (2017). Strategic points in aquaponics. Water (Switzerland), 9(3), [182]. https://doi.org/10.3390/w9030182