21 May 2020
AQUACOMBINE project: INTEGRATED ON-FARM AQUAPONICS SYSTEMS
AQUACOMBINE is a project funded under the H2020 that aims to develop integrated on-farm aquaponics systems for co-production of fish, halophyte vegetables, bioactive compounds, and bioenergy.
Fresh water shortages and salinisation processes in farmland increase concerns related to food security. Farmers are seeking salt-tolerant solutions as well as synergies for better results. Aquaponics could be a viable proposal. Salicornia Europaea, a salt-tolerant plant that grows in saline farmlands, is farmed and commercialised in the EU. Except for the fresh tips and some parts of the woody stem, about 80 % of the harvest is wasted as the salt content makes it unsuitable as a fertiliser. The EU-funded AQUACOMBINE project is coordinated by the AALBORG UNIVERSITET in Denmark, and has the partnership of CIIMAR through the Animal Health and Aquaculture reearch group. The project proposes a new approach to valorise the woody residue of Salicornia for biochemicals and bioenergy production. AQUACOMBINE will also investigate the use of aquaponics to optimally use all Salicornia fractions to create nutrient-rich fish feeds.
To know more about the project and main objectives, please visit the project webpage.