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Title: Microbial diversity in different compartments of an aquaponics system
Authors : Schmautz, Zala
Graber, Andreas
Jaenicke, Sebastian
Goesmann, Alexander
Junge, Ranka
Smits, Theo H. M.
Published in : Archives of Microbiology
Volume(Issue) : 199
Issue : 4
Pages : 613
Pages to: 620
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Springer
Issue Date: May-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Community analysis; Nitrospira; Tilapia; Metagenome
Subject (DDC) : 570: Biology
630: Agriculture
Abstract: Aquaponics is a solution for sustainable production of fish and plants in a single semi-closed system, where nutrient-rich water from the aquaculture provides nutrients for plant growth. We examined the microbial communities within an experimental aquaponics system. Whereas the fish feces contained a separate community dominated by bacteria of the genus Cetobacterium, the samples from plant roots, biofilter, and periphyton were more similar to each other, while the communities were more diverse. Detailed examination of the data gave the first indications to functional groups of organisms in the different compartments of the aquaponic system. As other nitrifiers other than members of the genus Nitrospira were only present at low numbers, it was anticipated that Nitrospirae may perform the nitrification process in the biofilm.
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Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1007/s00203-016-1334-1
ISSN: 0302-8933
Restricted until : 2022-01-01
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Characterization of nitrogen dynamics in an aquaponic system
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