Building a database of plant protecting agents for aquaponic systems - basic concepts


  • Andras Bittsanszky InDeRe Institute for Food System Research and Innovation, Fehérvári ut 132-144, 1116 Budapest
  • Ranka Junge Institute for Natural Resource Sciences, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, 8820 Waedenswil
  • Carmelo Maucieri Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment - DAFNAE, University of Padova, Agripolis Campus, Viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro
  • Tamas Komives Plant Protection Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences



aquaponics, fish toxicity, pesticides, plant protection


The paper gives an overview on the progress of the construction of a database of the pesticides that pose minimum risk when applied in an aquaponic system. Aquaponics is a developing food production system that integrates recirculating aquaculture (raising fish and other aquatic animals in closed systems) and hydroponics (plant production in water culture without soil) by using the fish waste as plant nutrient. Fish are highly sensitive to their environment, especially toxic chemicals: pesticides and other pest-controlling agents causing minimum perturb­ation in aquaponic systems have to be selected with an ecotoxicological approach.


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How to Cite

Bittsanszky, A., Junge, R., Maucieri, C., & Komives, T. (2017). Building a database of plant protecting agents for aquaponic systems - basic concepts. EQA - International Journal of Environmental Quality, 26, 9–12.