HomeGreens – Household Aquaponics: Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)

Abstract/ Aim
The term aquaponics is derived from two well-known primary production methods: aquaculture (fish production) and hydroponics (plants production) in a liquid nutrient solution. Both production methods have known problems and novel solutions are increasingly being demanded by consumers. Aquaponics can answer to those problems. Although ancient, aquaponic systems are still unknown to the general public and need to be explained and experienced in order increase its acceptance and subsequent usage.
Homegreens aims to build small eco- designed aquaponic systems that can be placed in personal homes, schools, hospitals or similar places, and serve as pioneer systems to allow consumers and stakeholders (present and future) to allow them to observe biology working in a sustainable and economically viable way.

Keywords
Aquaponics; Sustainability; Ecodesign; Urban agriculture

Partners
Polytechnic Institute of Santarém; Torres Vedras Municipality

Coordinator
MARE, Polytechnic of Leiria: Raúl Bernardino – raul.bernardino@ipleiria.pt

Funding
121.994,68 € (IPLeiria)| POCI – Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização/FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia // Duration 2017-2019