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Aquaponics – the circular food production system


About This Course

Aquaponic technology continues to attract a lot of attention around the globe, especially in the context of urban farming. But how exactly do an aquaponics system work and more important what knowledge do I need to successfully run an aquaponics system? In this course, you will obtain answers to these questions. The curriculum will give you an understanding of central topics in the field of aquaponics. Aquaponics is a circulation technology based on a broad knowledge base: from water chemistry, fish and plant physiology, to engineering and microbiology. It can thus serve as a learning model for inter-and transdisciplinary thinking and acting.

This course is for: Everyone interested in Aquaponics with a basic understanding of natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) on an undergraduate degree level Professionals in the sector of Aquaculture and Hydroponics Aquaponic practitioners who want to gain additional knowledge on specific topicsInclude your long course description here. The long course description should contain 150-400 words.

What you will learn

Understand the basic technological principles behind aquaponics, be able to assess the advantages and disadvantages of aquaponic systems, and have an insight into current research and potential applications in terms of urban agriculture and vertical farming.

Be familiar with fish anatomy and physiology, fish feed and growth along with fish health and welfare. Understand the principles of fish cultivation in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), the required technical components, the calculation of dimensions in terms of engineering, and the important role of water treatment and monitoring.

Understand basic plant anatomy, physiology, and growing requirements. Know the basic principles of hydroponics and its different cultivation systems. Be able to calculate the nutrient supply in hydroponic systems and determine nutrient supplementation in aquaponics if required.

Be familiar with the plant varieties suitable for aquaponic systems, learn how to monitor plants, and understand the key factors of integrated pest management. Know how to assemble the basic components of an aquaponic system and understand the importance of water flow from one component to another. Be able to plan and design an aquaponic system and calculate its dimensions yourself.

Course Staff

Florentina Gartmann

Florentina Gartmann

Research Assistant at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences

Florentina Gartmann is a research assistant in the Ecotechnology Research Group.

Her expertise is in organic farming, horticulture, vertical farming, integrated pest management as well as sustainable solutions to produce plants and fish in recirculating systems.

Ranka Junge

Ranka Junge, Prof. Dr. (Emerita)

Ecotechnology Consulting

Prof. Dr. Ranka Junge (emerita), Institute of Natural Resource Sciences at ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management. Her expertise and research interest include nature-based technologies involving water and nutrient recycling, such as aquaponics, hydroponics, aquaculture, building-integrated agriculture, and zero-emission buildings.

Nadine Antenen

Nadine Antenen

Research Associate at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences

Nadine Antenen is a research associate in the Ecotechnology Research Group, where she works towards the water, nutrient, and energy self-sufficiency, with a focus on natural processes in water cycles. She is also an expert in E-Learning.

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