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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: On the sustainability of aquaponics
Authors: König, Bettina
Junge, Ranka
Bittsánszky, András
Villaroel, Morris
Komives, Tamas
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-1606
Published in: Ecocycles
Volume(Issue): 2
Issue: 1
Page(s): 26
Pages to: 32
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution: European Ecocycles Society
ISSN: 2416-2140
Language: English
Subjects: Aquaponics; Sustainability
Subject (DDC): 630: Agriculture
Abstract: Aquaponics is an evolving closed-system food production technology that integrates recirculating aquaculture with hydroponics. In this paper we give a brief literature overview of the sustainability aspects of aquaponics by discussing its social, environmental, and economic impacts in different potential settings. The technology might be applied to commercial or community based urban food production, industrial scale production in rural areas, small scale farming in developing countries or as systems for education and decoration inside buildings. We conclude that due to the different potential applications and settings for installing the technology, sustainability impacts need to be considered separately and that due the complexity within markets, value chains, communities, urban and rural infrastructure and policy settings, further research and data acquisition is needed to be able to assess all sustainability aspects.
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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König, B., Junge, R., Bittsánszky, A., Villaroel, M., & Komives, T. (2016). On the sustainability of aquaponics. Ecocycles, 2(1), 26–32.
König, B. et al. (2016) ‘On the sustainability of aquaponics’, Ecocycles, 2(1), pp. 26–32. Available at:
B. König, R. Junge, A. Bittsánszky, M. Villaroel, and T. Komives, “On the sustainability of aquaponics,” Ecocycles, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 26–32, 2016, doi: 10.21256/zhaw-1606.
KÖNIG, Bettina, Ranka JUNGE, András BITTSÁNSZKY, Morris VILLAROEL und Tamas KOMIVES, 2016. On the sustainability of aquaponics. Ecocycles. 2016. Bd. 2, Nr. 1, S. 26–32. DOI 10.21256/zhaw-1606
König, Bettina, Ranka Junge, András Bittsánszky, Morris Villaroel, and Tamas Komives. 2016. “On the Sustainability of Aquaponics.” Ecocycles 2 (1): 26–32.
König, Bettina, et al. “On the Sustainability of Aquaponics.” Ecocycles, vol. 2, no. 1, 2016, pp. 26–32,

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