Title: Analysis of aquaponics as an emerging technological innovation system
Authors : König, Bettina
Janker, Judith
Reinhardt, Tilman
Villarroel, Morris
Junge, Ranka
Published in : Journal of Cleaner Production
Volume(Issue) : 180
Pages : 232
Pages to: 243
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: 2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 630: Agriculture
Abstract: Aquaponics is an approach of coupling two technologies: recirculation aquaculture (fish-farms) and hydroponics (soil-less cultivation of crops). While it is perceived as a way to contribute to more sustainable food systems, the technology is still in its infancy, with several challenges. This paper describes current conditions of development and identifies aspects that can promote or hinder future pathways. We focus our analysis on the EU, using Germany as an institutional case study, while also considering worldwide developments. We propose a framework to analyze aquaponics as an emerging technological innovation system at the interface between existing fish and plant production systems. The approach is explorative based on a literature review and interviews with experts. The main findings are that stakeholders have different views regarding the future development pathways, knowledge to manage complex systems in the long term is needed and it is still unclear how to design institutional conditions to deliver sustainable outcomes.
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.01.037
ISSN: 0959-6526
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/14435
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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