Special Issue "Aquaponics: Toward a Sustainable Water-Based Production System?"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2016).
Prof. M. Haïssam Jijakli
Laboratory of Integrated and Urban Plant Pathology, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège, Passage des déportés, 2–5030, Gembloux, Belgium
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Interests: aquaponics, hydroponics, aquatic microbiology, biocontrol of plant pathogen in aquatic environment, microbial wastewater treatment, water quality measurement, urban agriculture
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
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- fish nutrition;
- plant nutrition;
- water quality;
- aquatic microbiology;
- aquaponic system design;