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Basics in natural sciences and in technical understanding.

About this course

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Aquaponic technology continues to attracts a lot of attention around the globe, especially in the context of urban farming. But how exactly does an aquaponic system work and more important what knowledge do I need to successfully run an aquaponic system? In this course you will obtain answers to these questions. The curriculum will give you an understanding of central topics in the field of aquaponics. Aquaponics is a circulation technology based on a broad knowledge base: from water chemistry, fish and plant physiology, to engineering and microbiology. It can thus serve as a learning model for inter- and transdisciplinary thinking and acting.

What you'll learn

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  • Understand the basic technology principle behind aquaponics, assess the advantages and disadvantages of aquaponic systems and get a vision of potential applications in terms of Urban Agriculture and Urban Farming.
  • Get familiar with basic concepts of fish welfare and fish nutrition, especially in terms of practical aspects related to fish feeds and feeding schedules.
  • Understand the principles of fish cultivation in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), its needed technical components and the important role of water treatment and monitoring.
  • Understand basic plant anatomy, physiology, and growing requirements. Be able to calculate the nutrient water balance and the required amounts of nutrient supplementation.
  • Understand the basic principles of hydroponics and its different cultivation systems. Become familiar with plan varieties suitable for aquaponic systems, learn about the key factors of integrated pest control and how to monitor plants.
  • Know how to assemble the basic components of an aquaponic system, and understand the importance of water flow from one component to another. Be able to plan and design an aquaponic system yourself.

Meet your instructors

Ranka Junge
Prof. Dr.
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Institute of Natural Resource Sciences
Nadine Antenen
Research Associate
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management, Institute of Natural Resource Sciences
Florentina Gartmann
Research Assistant
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Institute of Natural Resource Sciences

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