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Aquaponics Food Production Systems

Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponic Production Technologies for the Future

  • Simon Goddek
  • Alyssa Joyce
  • Benz Kotzen
  • Gavin M. Burnell
  • Provides an up to date scientific overview of aquaponics

  • Broadens its understanding, current developments and trends

  • Clarifies the difference between one-, dual-, and multi-loop aquaponics systems

  • Discusses framework conditions, technology, perspectives for sustainable development,

  • management and education

  • Written by an international authorship from five continents

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Framework Conditions in a Resource Limited World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Simon Goddek, Alyssa Joyce, Benz Kotzen, Maria Dos-Santos
      Pages 3-17 Open Access
    3. Alyssa Joyce, Simon Goddek, Benz Kotzen, Sven Wuertz
      Pages 19-34 Open Access
    4. Carlos A. Espinal, Daniel Matulić
      Pages 35-76 Open Access
    5. Carmelo Maucieri, Carlo Nicoletto, Erik van Os, Dieter Anseeuw, Robin Van Havermaet, Ranka Junge
      Pages 77-110 Open Access
  3. Specific Aquaponics Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Wilson Lennard, Simon Goddek
      Pages 113-143 Open Access
    3. Alyssa Joyce, Mike Timmons, Simon Goddek, Timea Pentz
      Pages 145-161 Open Access
    4. Harry W. Palm, Ulrich Knaus, Samuel Appelbaum, Sebastian M. Strauch, Benz Kotzen
      Pages 163-199 Open Access
    5. Simon Goddek, Alyssa Joyce, Sven Wuertz, Oliver Körner, Ingo Bläser, Michael Reuter et al.
      Pages 201-229 Open Access
    6. Mathilde Eck, Oliver Körner, M. Haïssam Jijakli
      Pages 231-246 Open Access
    7. Boris Delaide, Hendrik Monsees, Amit Gross, Simon Goddek
      Pages 247-266 Open Access
    8. Karel J. Keesman, Oliver Körner, Kai Wagner, Jan Urban, Divas Karimanzira, Thomas Rauschenbach et al.
      Pages 267-299 Open Access
    9. Benz Kotzen, Maurício Gustavo Coelho Emerenciano, Navid Moheimani, Gavin M. Burnell
      Pages 301-330 Open Access
  4. Perspective for Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Lidia Robaina, Juhani Pirhonen, Elena Mente, Javier Sánchez, Neill Goosen
      Pages 333-352 Open Access
    3. Gilles Stouvenakers, Peter Dapprich, Sebastien Massart, M. Haïssam Jijakli
      Pages 353-378 Open Access
    4. Florijn de Graaf, Simon Goddek
      Pages 379-392 Open Access
    5. James Gott, Rolf Morgenstern, Maja Turnšek
      Pages 393-432 Open Access

About this book


This open access book, written by world experts in aquaponics and related technologies, provides the authoritative and comprehensive overview of the key aquaculture and hydroponic and other integrated systems, socio-economic and environmental aspects. Aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture and vegetable food production offer alternative technology solutions for a world that is increasingly under stress through population growth, urbanisation, water shortages, land and soil degradation, environmental pollution, world hunger and climate change.


Aquaponics Aquaculture Horticulture Sustainable farmning Global food challenges Hydroponic technology Aerobic & Anaerobic Remineralization Nutrient Cycling Risk Assessment Aquaponics Education Aquaponic Diets Water management Vegetable production Plant pathogens Integrated agri-aquaculture systems Fish diets Biotechnology Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon Goddek
    • 1
  • Alyssa Joyce
    • 2
  • Benz Kotzen
    • 3
  • Gavin M. Burnell
    • 4
  1. 1.Mathematical and Statistical Methods (Biometris)Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Marine ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.School of DesignUniversity of GreenwichLondonUK
  4. 4.School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

About the editors

Simon Goddek - Simon is an expert in the field of multi-loop aquaponics systems and an ecopreneur. In 2014, Simon started his PhD in the faculty of environmental engineering at the University of Iceland, completing it in the group Biobased Chemistry & Technology at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). At the time of publication, he is a postdoc in the same group, where he is involved in several projects in Europe (i.e. CITYFOOD) and Africa (e.g. desertfoods Namibia). His research focus in aquaponics includes numerical system simulation and modeling, decoupled multi-loop aquaponics systems, and anaerobic mineralization solutions. 

Alyssa Joyce - Alyssa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences (aquaculture) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In her group, several researchers are focused on the role of bacterial relationships in nutrient bioavailability and pathogen control in aquaponics systems. She was one of the Swedish representatives to the EU COST Network on aquaponics, and is a partner in the CITYFOOD project developing aquaponics technology in urban environments. 

Benz Kotzen - Benz is an Associate Professor and Head of Research and Enterprise in the School of Design, University of Greenwich, London and a consultant landscape architect. He runs the rooftop Aquaponics Lab at the University.  He developed and was Chair of the EU Aquaponics Hub, whose remit was to raise the state of the art of aquaponics in the EU and facilitate collaborative aquaponics research. Urban agriculture including vertical aquaponic systems and growing exotic vegetables aquaponically and drylands restoration are key fields of research. 

Gavin Burnell - Gavin is an Emeritus Professor at the Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre, University College Cork, Ireland and President of the European Aquaculture Society (2018 - 2020).  He has been researching and promoting the concept of marine aquaponics as a contribution to the circular economy and sees an important role for this technology in outreach to urban communities.  As a co-founder of AquaTT and Editor of Aquaculture International he is excited at the possibilities that aquaponics has in research, education and training across disciplines.

Bibliographic information


“This book is a really good and important source of information for professionals, decision-makers, and even those who are just interested in this novel, or, being more precise, re-invented method of sustainable food production.” (Laszlo Stündl, Ecocycles, Vol. 5 (1), 2019)