Aquaponics Research Center

Recipient:

Environmental Science and Technology Department / Green Roots Club

Amount:

$36,800

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.