Analysis of aquaponics as an emerging technological innovation system

König, Bettina and Janker, Judith and Reinhardt, Tilman and Villarroel Robinson, Morris Ricardo and Junge, Ranka (2018). Analysis of aquaponics as an emerging technological innovation system. "Journal of Cleaner Production", v. 180 ; pp. 232-243. ISSN 0959-6526. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.01.037.

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Title: Analysis of aquaponics as an emerging technological innovation system
Author/s:
  • König, Bettina
  • Janker, Judith
  • Reinhardt, Tilman
  • Villarroel Robinson, Morris Ricardo
  • Junge, Ranka
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Cleaner Production
Date: 10 April 2018
Volume: 180
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Aquaponics; Aquaculture; Hydroponics; Sustainable food production; Nutrient cycles; Sustainable technologies
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Producción Agraria
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Aquaponics is an approach of coupling two technologies: recirculation aquaculture (fish-farms) and hydroponics (soil-less cultivation of crops). While it is perceived as a way to contribute to more sustainable food systems, the technology is still in its infancy, with several challenges. This paper describes current conditions of development and identifies aspects that can promote or hinder future pathways. We focus our analysis on the EU, using Germany as an institutional case study, while also considering worldwide developments. We propose a framework to analyze aquaponics as an emerging technological innovation system at the interface between existing fish and plant production systems. The approach is explorative based on a literature review and interviews with experts. The main findings are that stakeholders have different views regarding the future development pathways, knowledge to manage complex systems in the long term is needed and it is still unclear how to design institutional conditions to deliver sustainable outcomes.

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Item ID: 54591
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/54591/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:54591
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.01.037
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652618300489?via%3Dihub
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 23 Apr 2019 07:54
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2019 10:00
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