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Aquaponics Food Production Systems

Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponic Production Technologies for the Future

  • 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

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

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

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Aquaponics and Global Food Challenges

      • Simon Goddek, Alyssa Joyce, Benz Kotzen, Maria Dos-Santos
      Pages 3-17Open Access
    3. Aquaponics: Closing the Cycle on Limited Water, Land and Nutrient Resources

      • Alyssa Joyce, Simon Goddek, Benz Kotzen, Sven Wuertz
      Pages 19-34Open Access
    4. Recirculating Aquaculture Technologies

      • Carlos A. Espinal, Daniel Matulić
      Pages 35-76Open Access
    5. Hydroponic Technologies

      • Carmelo Maucieri, Carlo Nicoletto, Erik van Os, Dieter Anseeuw, Robin Van Havermaet, Ranka Junge
      Pages 77-110Open Access
  3. Specific Aquaponics Technology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 111-111
    2. Aquaponics: The Basics

      • Wilson Lennard, Simon Goddek
      Pages 113-143Open Access
    3. Bacterial Relationships in Aquaponics: New Research Directions

      • Alyssa Joyce, Mike Timmons, Simon Goddek, Timea Pentz
      Pages 145-161Open Access
    4. Coupled Aquaponics Systems

      • Harry W. Palm, Ulrich Knaus, Samuel Appelbaum, Sebastian M. Strauch, Benz Kotzen
      Pages 163-199Open Access
    5. Decoupled Aquaponics Systems

      • Simon Goddek, Alyssa Joyce, Sven Wuertz, Oliver Körner, Ingo Bläser, Michael Reuter et al.
      Pages 201-229Open Access
    6. Nutrient Cycling in Aquaponics Systems

      • Mathilde Eck, Oliver Körner, M. Haïssam Jijakli
      Pages 231-246Open Access
    7. Aerobic and Anaerobic Treatments for Aquaponic Sludge Reduction and Mineralisation

      • Boris Delaide, Hendrik Monsees, Amit Gross, Simon Goddek
      Pages 247-266Open Access
    8. Aquaponics Systems Modelling

      • Karel J. Keesman, Oliver Körner, Kai Wagner, Jan Urban, Divas Karimanzira, Thomas Rauschenbach et al.
      Pages 267-299Open Access
    9. Aquaponics: Alternative Types and Approaches

      • Benz Kotzen, Maurício Gustavo Coelho Emerenciano, Navid Moheimani, Gavin M. Burnell
      Pages 301-330Open Access
  4. Perspective for Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 331-331
    2. Fish Diets in Aquaponics

      • Lidia Robaina, Juhani Pirhonen, Elena Mente, Javier Sánchez, Neill Goosen
      Pages 333-352Open Access
    3. Plant Pathogens and Control Strategies in Aquaponics

      • Gilles Stouvenakers, Peter Dapprich, Sebastien Massart, M. Haïssam Jijakli
      Pages 353-378Open Access
    4. Smarthoods: Aquaponics Integrated Microgrids

      • Florijn de Graaf, Simon Goddek
      Pages 379-392Open Access
    5. Aquaponics for the Anthropocene: Towards a ‘Sustainability First’ Agenda

      • James Gott, Rolf Morgenstern, Maja Turnšek
      Pages 393-432Open 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
  • Fish and Wildlife Biology


“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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Mathematical and Statistical Methods (Biometris), Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

    Simon Goddek

  • Department of Marine Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Alyssa Joyce

  • School of Design, University of Greenwich, London, UK

    Benz Kotzen

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

    Gavin M. Burnell

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

  • Book Title: Aquaponics Food Production Systems

  • Book Subtitle: Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponic Production Technologies for the Future

  • Editors: Simon Goddek, Alyssa Joyce, Benz Kotzen, Gavin M. Burnell

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-15942-9Published: 08 July 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-15945-0Published: 15 August 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-15943-6Published: 21 June 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 619

  • Number of Illustrations: 33 b/w illustrations, 114 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Animal Science, Agriculture, Sustainability, Environmental and Sustainability Education

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)