Nutrient supply of plants in aquaponic systems

Bittsánszky, András and Uzinger, Nikolett and Gyulai, Gábor and Mathis, Alex and Junge, Ranka and Villarroel, Morris and Kotzen, Benzion and Kőmíves, Tamás (2016) Nutrient supply of plants in aquaponic systems. ECOCYCLES, 2 (2). pp. 17-20. ISSN 2416-2140


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In this preliminary article we present data on plant nutrient concentrations in aquaponic systems, and compare them to nutrient concentrations in “standard” hydroponic solutions. Our data shows that the nutrient concentrations supplied by the fish in aquaponic system are significantly lower for most nutrients, compared to hydroponic systems. Nevertheless, plants do thrive in solutions that have lower nutrient levels than “standard” hydroponic solutions. This is especially true for green leafy vegetables that rarely need additional nutritional supplementation. It is concluded that in the highly complex system of aquaponics, special care has to be taken, via continuous monitoring of the chemical composition of the circulating water, to provide adequate concentrations and ratios of nutrients, and special attention has to be paid to the potentially toxic component, ammonium. If certain plants require nutrient supplementation, we consider that one based on organic substances would be most beneficial. However, protocols for the application of such nutrient amendments still need to be developed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture / mezőgazdaság > S1 Agriculture (General) / mezőgazdaság általában
Depositing User: Dr. T Komives
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 07:33
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2020 09:48

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