Friday, 6 December 2013

Aquaponics Research as a Solution to Global Environment Issues

All over the world, academic and research institutions are delving into aquaponics to address global environmental problems.

The average person is unaware of aquaponics because it has not received much press. Those that have some knowledge in aquaponics have largely been exposed only to the inconspicuous backyard project. However, since The New Alchemy Institute first experimented with integrated aquaculture more than 30 years ago[i], global interest in the aquaponics has risen steadily. In fact, an increasing number of universities are exploring aquaponics' potential in addressing global environmental issues.
  • Vancouver Island University, Canada[ii];
  • Lethbridge College, Canada[iii];
  • University of Virgin Islands, United States[iv];
  • University of Florida IFAS[xx];
  • University of Arizona[xxii];
  • University of Hawaii Windward Community College, United States[v];
  • Ambler Temple University, United States[vi];
  • Berea College, United States[vii];
  • Cornell University, United States[viii];
  • Chicago State University, United States[ix];
  • John Hopkins University, United States[x];
  • Loyola University, United States[xi];
  • West Virginia University[xxi];
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States[xii];
  • Iowa State University[xxiii];
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia[xiii];
  • Stellenbosch University Welgevallen Experimental Farm, South Africa[xiv], [xv];
  • University of Zurich, Switzerland[xvi];
  • University of Shizuoka, Japan[xvii];
  • Al Ain University, United Arab Emirates[xviii];
  • Fiji National University’s Aquaponics Farm, Fiji[xix].
  • Purdue University Extension [xxiv]
Clearly, aquaponics can play a big part to resolve some of the world’s most pressing issues and we invite you to learn more about aquaponics and share your views on our forum.

Endnotes
[i] The Green Centre, “The New Alchemy Institute,” The New Alchemy Institute, March 2010, http://www.thegreencenter.net/.
[ii] University of Vancouver Island, “On-Campus Facilities,” Fisheries and Aquaculture, accessed October 1, 2013, http://www.viu.ca/fisheries/facilities.asp.
[iii] Lethbridge College, “Aquaponics,” Aquaculture Centre of Excellence, accessed October 1, 2013, http://www.lethbridgecollege.ca/about-us/applied-research-innovation/aquaculture-centre-excellence.
[iv] University of the Virgin Islands, “Aquaponic Systems,” 2013, http://www.uvi.edu/research/agricultural-experiment-station/aquaculture-home/aquaponic-systems/default.aspx.
[v] University of Hawaii Windward Community College, “Aquaponics & Aquaculture,” Career and Community Education, accessed October 1, 2013, http://windwardcc.snappages.com/aquaculture-aquaponics.htm.
[vi] James Duffy, “Temple University Ambler Students, Staff Dive into Aquaponics,” Temple University Ambler, April 9, 2013, http://www.ambler.temple.edu/news/681-Aquaponics-at-Ambler.htm.
[vii] Berea College, “Sustainability and Environmental Studies,” Jackson L. Oldham Aquaponics Facility, 2013, http://www.berea.edu/sens/ecovillage/jackson-l-oldham-aquaponics-facility/.
[viii] Cornell University, “Hydroponics, Aquaponics, and Aquaculture,” Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City, 2013, http://nyc.cce.cornell.edu/FYD/science_ed/Pages/Hydroponics.aspx.
[ix] Chicago State University, “Aquaponics Facility,” Chicago State University, 2014, http://www.csu.edu/cas/bioandprehealth/facilities/aquaponics.htm.
[x] John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Aquaponics Project,” Center for a Livable Future, accessed October 1, 2013, http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/projects/aquaponics/index.html.
[xi] Benjamin Woodard, “Loyola’s New Sustainability Center Features Aquaponics, Biodiesel Labs,” DNAinfo Chicago, September 7, 2013, http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130907/edgewater/loyolas-new-sustainability-center-features-aquaponics-biodiesel-labs.
[xii] University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Aquaponcis at UMass,” Agriculture & Landscape Program Aquaculture, 2014, http://extension.umass.edu/aquaculture/projects/aquaponics-umass.
[xiii] Wilson Lennard, “Aquaponics Research at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia,” Aquaponics Journal 4th Quarter, 2004, no. 35 (2004): 18–24, http://aquaponics.com/media/docs/articles/Aquaponics-Research-at-RMIT.pdf.
[xiv] Monika Basson, “SU Agronomy Students Take a Look at Moyo’s Hanging Gardens,” May 24, 2013, http://sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=166.
[xv] Monika Basson, “Mining Company Supports Research into Aquaponics at SU,” August 12, 2013, http://sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=864&ContentTypeId=0x010019F8BC5373DFA740B008FC720EA25DE60100514F109D278C9B4A920FB908F74DF421.
[xvi] Staff Greenwise, “‘Aquaponic Farms’ Could Enable Cities to Produce More Food Sustainably,” Greenwise Weekly, September 30, 2013, http://www.greenwisebusiness.co.uk/news/aquaponic-farms-could-enable-cities-to-produce-more-food-sustainably-4110.aspx.
[xvii] Japan Aquaponics, “University of Shizuoka Aquaponics,” Japan Aquaponics, 2013, http://www.japan-aquaponics.com/shizuoka-university-system.html.
[xviii] Caline Malek, “New Aquaponics Unit to Open at Al Ain | The National,” The National, February 8, 2013, http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/new-aquaponics-unit-to-open-at-al-ain.
[xix] Patrick Lal, “FNU AQUAPONICS FARM OPENS IN NADI,” The Jet Newspaper, December 21, 2013, http://thejetnewspaper.com/2013/12/22/fnu-aquaponics-farm-opens-in-nadi/.
[xx] "Aquaponics," Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises, November 3, 2014, http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/crops/aquaponics/
[xxi] "Aquaponics Research at the Reymann Memorial Farm, Wardensville, WV," West Virginia University, November 3, 2014, http://aquaculture.ext.wvu.edu/r/download/59163
[xxii] "Integrated Systems of Agriculture and Aquaculture (AQUAPONICS)", The University of Arizona, November 3, 2014, http://ag.arizona.edu/azaqua/extension/Classroom/Aquaponics.htm
[xxiii] Dan Burden, "Aquaponics Profile," Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, November 3, 2014, http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/aquaponics/
[xxiv] https://extension.purdue.edu/pages/article.aspx?intItemID=8789

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