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Title: The multifunctional aquaponic system at ZHAW used as research and training lab
Authors : Graber, Andreas
Antenen, Nadine
Junge, Ranka
Proceedings: Prenos inovacij, znanja in izkušenj v vsakdanjo rabo : zbornik izvlečkov = transmission of innovations, knowledge and practical experience into everyday practice : book of abstracts
Pages : 245
Pages to: 255
Conference details: 3. konferenca VIVUS, s področja kmetijstva, naravovarstva, hortikulture in floristike ter živilstva in prehrane = 3rd Conference VIVUS, Conference on Agriculture, Environmentalism, Horticulture, Floristics, Food Production and Processing, Strahinj, Slovenia, 14–15 November 2014
Editors of the parent work: Maček, Melita Ana
Maček Jerala, Milena
Kolenc Artiček, Majda
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Biotehniški center Naklo
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Strahinj
Issue Date: 2014
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Aquaponics; Education; Urban farming
Subject (DDC) : 630: Agriculture
Abstract: Aquaponics plays a part in promoting sustainable development on different levels in society, and its use is becoming ever more widespread. However, there are not enough trained specialists yet to build and operate such systems. The aim of this paper is to highlight the role of institutions of higher education – like ZHAW – can play to mitigate this deficit. ZHAW has the ability to execute applied research, teaching on BSc and MSc level, and is aiming to increase societal added value concerning education and health. Each of these levels has different demands on the aquaponic system concerning a multitude of factors, such as access, size, construction, climate control, diversity of production methods, recycling and closed loop systems, provision of energy from renewable sources and rainwater harvesting, treatment and use. To evaluate how these objectives are reached, the requirements on the system originating from each level are defined. These are used to evaluate the aquaponic system that was built and operated at ZHAW. Other aquaponic systems in use are compared to the ZHAW system, using the same evaluation criteria. The results show that the ZHAW Aquaponics Lab can reach all target levels, if the aquaponic farm of its spin-off company UrbanFarmers is viewed as an extension of it.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Conference Paper
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-1613
ISBN: 9789619356432
Published as part of the ZHAW project : AQUAVET: Introducing Aquaponic in VET: Tools, Teaching Units and Teacher Training
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