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Special Issue on Aquaponics

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A special issue with 12 articles on aquaponics Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aquaponics is an emerging method of local food production worldwide, using closed integrated production systems to grow vegetables and fish in a variety of contexts, including urban environments. It may be defined as an integrated, quasi closed-loop, multi-trophic food production system, comprising a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and a hydroponic unit, ensuring high levels of water reuse and nutrient recycling.

Aquaponics is typically a multidisciplinary topic, covering several domains, such as aquaculture (fish feed, fish health, fish yield, fish wellbeing, sludge waste, sludge mineralization, sludge reuse, etc.), hydroponics (plant yield and growth, plant nutrition, plant nutrition through sludge recirculation, plant protection, etc.), water (water quality, water waste, water recirculation, etc.), microbiology (biological properties, microbiota characterization, population dynamic, quorum sensing, etc.), engineering for industrial and domestic uses (elaboration of production systems, sizing, modelling, monitoring of the systems, monitoring of water and water quality, automation, etc.).

A successful development of aquaponics could insure, in the next decades, a substantial part of human food while having a neutral impact on the environment. The aim of this Special Issue is, therefore, to summarize and disseminate recent scientific findings in aquaponics. A special attention will be paid to scientific progress leading to the development of a sustainable production system.

Prof. Dr. M. Haïssam Jijakli
Guest Editor

 full issue.

1.  Strategic Points in Aquaponics

2.  Commercial Aquaponics Approaching the European Market: To Consumers’ Perceptions of Aquaponics Products in Europe

3.   Influence of UV Treatment on the Food Safety Status of a Model Aquaponic System

4.   Nutrients and Energy Balance Analysis for a Conceptual Model of a Three Loops off Grid, Aquaponics

5.   Tomato Productivity and Quality in Aquaponics: Comparison of Three Hydroponic Methods

6.   Potential for Combined Biocontrol Activity against Fungal Fish and Plant Pathogens by Bacterial Isolates from a Model Aquaponic System

7.   Survey of Aquaponics in Europe

8.   Lettuce (Lactuca sativaL. var. Sucrine) Growth Performance in Complemented Aquaponic Solution Outperforms Hydroponics

9.   Evaluation of Dicentrarchus labraxMeats and the Vegetable Quality of Beta vulgarisvar. ciclaFarmed in Freshwater and Saltwater Aquaponic Systems

10.  Navigating towards Decoupled Aquaponic Systems: A System Dynamics Design Approach

11. Fish Welfare in Aquaponic Systems: Its Relation to Water Quality with an Emphasis on Feed and Faeces—A Review

12.  The Development of Sustainable Saltwater-Based Food Production Systems: A Review of Established and Novel Concepts






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