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Evaluating Alternative Nutrient Sources in Subsistence-Level Aquaponic Systems

dc.contributor.advisorLazur, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorAguilara-Titus, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorCao, Yusi
dc.contributor.authorKazyak, Eric
dc.contributor.authorKumar, Kalyani
dc.contributor.authorLi, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorLouie, Adam
dc.contributor.authorLouie, Alan
dc.contributor.authorLu, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorMann, Winston
dc.contributor.authorMirsky, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorMisner, Kelly
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Luke
dc.contributor.authorTarshish, Miriam
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Chenmuren
dc.description.abstractMany food production methods are both economically and environmentally unsustainable. Our project investigated aquaponics, an alternative method of agriculture that could address these issues. Aquaponics combines fish and plant crop production in a symbiotic, closed-loop system. We aimed to reduce the initial and operating costs of current aquaponic systems by utilizing alternative feeds. These improvements may allow for sustainable implementation of the system in rural or developing regions. We conducted a multi-phase process to determine the most affordable and effective feed alternatives for use in an aquaponic system. At the end of two preliminary phases, soybean meal was identified as the most effective potential feed supplement. In our final phase, we constructed and tested six full-scale aquaponic systems of our own design. Data showed that soybean meal can be used to reduce operating costs and reliance on fishmeal. However, a more targeted investigation is needed to identify the optimal formulation of alternative feed blends.en_US
dc.subjectGemstone Team MEGAen_US
dc.titleEvaluating Alternative Nutrient Sources in Subsistence-Level Aquaponic Systemsen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtGemstone Program, University of Maryland (College Park, Md)

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