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Chapter 12 Aquaponics: Alternative Types and Approaches

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Benz Kotzen, Maurício Gustavo Coelho Emerenciano, Navid Moheimani, and Gavin M. Burnell

Abstract Whilst aquaponics may be considered in the mid-stage of development, there are a number of allied, novel methods of food production that are aligning alongside aquaponics and also which can be merged with aquaponics to deliver food efficiently and productively. These technologies include algaeponics, aeroponics, aeroaquaponics, maraponics, haloponics, biofloc technology and vertical aquaponics. Although some of these systems have undergone many years of trials and research, in most cases, much more scientific research is required to understand intrinsic processes within the systems, efficiency, design aspects, etc., apart from the capacity, capabilities and benefits of conjoining these systems with aquaponics.

Keywords Aquaponics alternatives · Algaeponics · Aeroponics · Aquaeroponics · Biofloc Technologies · Digeponics · Haloponics · Maraponics · Vermiponics · Vertical aquaponics


B. Kotzen

School of Design, University of Greenwich, London, UK

M. G. C. Emerenciano

Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), Aquaculture Laboratory (LAQ), Laguna, SC, Brazil

CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Aquaculture Program, Bribie Island Research Centre, Bribie Island, QLD, Woorim, Australia

N. Moheimani

Algae R&D Centre Director, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA, Australia

G. M. Burnell

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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S. Goddek et al. (eds.), Aquaponics Food Production Systems, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15943-6_12


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