Environmental Science and Technology Department / Green Roots Club
Aquaponics is a form of food production that integrates aquaculture (fish production) and hydroponics (soilless crop production). The fish are fed and excrete waste, which is broken down by bacteria into plant nutrients. Plants remove nitrates and other nutrients from the reservoir to be utilized for growth and development while simultaneously improving water quality. The goal of this project is to pioneer aquaponics research at the University of Maryland to ensure UMD continues to be a flagship of sustainable agriculture and design. The project will include a 1,200 square foot heated greenhouse, fish tanks and several hydroponic systems.