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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Challenges of commercial aquaponics in Europe : beyond the hype
Authors: Turnsek, Maja
Joly, Agnes
Thorarinsdottir, Ragnheidur
Junge, Ranka
et. al: No
DOI: 10.3390/w12010306
Published in: Water
Volume(Issue): 12
Issue: 1
Page(s): 306
Issue Date: 20-Jan-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MDPI
ISSN: 2073-4441
Language: English
Subjects: Aquaponics; Innovation adoption; Gartner’s Hype Cycle
Subject (DDC): 639.8: Aquaculture
Abstract: In recent years, aquaponics has been receiving increased interest globally as a commercial food production technology and aquaponics start-up companies have been formed in most European countries. Between 2014 and 2018, the European-funded COST Action FA1305 “The EU Aquaponics Hub-Realising Sustainable Integrated Fish and Vegetable Production for the EU” created a strong network of researchers and entrepreneurs. However, surveys show that the aquaponic production in Europe is still very limited, and very few companies are economically viable. In order to obtain insights into the barriers to early development of commercial aquaponics, two surveys were carried out—one in Europe, which included France, and one in France alone, with a different protocol. Henceforth, for simplicity, the former will be referred to as Europe and the latter as France. The results reveal that the development of commercial aquaponics has hit the level of “disillusionment”, caused by numerous challenges facing commercial food production. As the understanding of the processes involved in aquaponics is increasing, it will be very interesting to follow the developments in the field over the coming years in order to ascertain whether aquaponics will follow the phases outlined by the “Gartner’s Hype Cycle” and thus proceed to become an established technology, or whether it will remain an “one hit wonder” and disappear in the “Trough of Disillusionment”.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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Turnsek, M., Joly, A., Thorarinsdottir, R., & Junge, R. (2020). Challenges of commercial aquaponics in Europe : beyond the hype. Water, 12(1), 306.
Turnsek, M. et al. (2020) ‘Challenges of commercial aquaponics in Europe : beyond the hype’, Water, 12(1), p. 306. Available at:
M. Turnsek, A. Joly, R. Thorarinsdottir, and R. Junge, “Challenges of commercial aquaponics in Europe : beyond the hype,” Water, vol. 12, no. 1, p. 306, Jan. 2020, doi: 10.3390/w12010306.
TURNSEK, Maja, Agnes JOLY, Ragnheidur THORARINSDOTTIR und Ranka JUNGE, 2020. Challenges of commercial aquaponics in Europe : beyond the hype. Water. 20 Januar 2020. Bd. 12, Nr. 1, S. 306. DOI 10.3390/w12010306
Turnsek, Maja, Agnes Joly, Ragnheidur Thorarinsdottir, and Ranka Junge. 2020. “Challenges of Commercial Aquaponics in Europe : Beyond the Hype.” Water 12 (1): 306.
Turnsek, Maja, et al. “Challenges of Commercial Aquaponics in Europe : Beyond the Hype.” Water, vol. 12, no. 1, Jan. 2020, p. 306,

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