Aquaculture and aquaponics

Fish is an important source of protein for millions of people throughout the world. And yet the world’s natural occurrences are unable to meet the rapidly growing demand for fish. Breeding fish in aquaculture may help to protect natural resources and ecosystems, while improving food security. However, this is only possible if conducted within sustainable aquaculture: environmental, economic and social aspects must be taken into account equally. With regard to this triad, at IGB we explore aspects such as resource-saving and efficient production, animal welfare and alternative therapeutics, organic feed and self-sufficiency concepts. The aquaponics system developed at IGB, known as Tomato-Fish, is particularly resource-saving: combined fish and vegetable farming saves water, energy, artificial fertiliser and space, and considerably reduces emissions in food production. We also use our expertise in fish genetics and reproduction to protect species. We communicate our research topics and results to different stakeholders and practice partners in a targeted manner, ensuring that our scientific findings are transferred to practice* without delay.

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My research: The immune system of sturgeons

Only recently, colleagues managed to sequence the genome of the sturgeon. Our doctoral student Christin Höhne has now developed an extensive overview of the immune system of sturgeon.
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Aquaculture: Environmental‐friendly treatment for fish diseases

Velvet disease is a dreaded ailment. This infection is caused by dinoflagellates of the genera Amyloodinium and Piscinoodinium, and affects freshwater and marine ornamental and food fish. In her PhD thesis, Thora Lieke combined the risks and benefits of current treatment options and new approaches.

Selected publications

June 2020
Nature Ecology & Evolution. - 4(2020)6, S. 841-852

The sterlet sturgeon genome sequence and the mechanisms of segmental rediploidization

Kang Du; Matthias Stöck; Susanne Kneitz; Christophe Klopp; Joost M. Woltering; Mateus Contar Adolfi; Romain Feron; Dmitry Prokopov; Alexey Makunin; Ilya Kichigin; Cornelia Schmidt; Petra Fischer; Heiner Kuhl; Sven Wuertz; Jörn Gessner; Werner Kloas; Cédric Cabau; Carole Iampietro; Hugues Parrinello; Chad Tomlinson; Laurent Journot; John H. Postlethwait; Ingo Braasch; Vladimir Trifonov; Wesley C. Warren; Axel Meyer; Yann Guiguen; Manfred Schartl

Researchers have succeeded in sequencing the sturgeon genome, delivering a missing piece of the puzzle essential to understanding the ancestry of vertebrates. The genetic material of the sterlet has undergone very little change over the past 300 million years or more.

Related Projects

STURGEoNOMICS

This project will use whole genome-based approaches for the improvement of conservation and aquaculture in two sturgeon species: Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) and Beluga (Huso huso).
Contact person
Jörn Gessner
Matthias Stöck
Sven Würtz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
09/2017
End
12/2020
Topic

NAPROPERA

NAPROPERA aims to reduce fish losses in aquaculture industry by improving the hygiene condition through correct application of peracetic acid (PAA)-based disinfectants. Although PAA is approved in EU for organic aquaculture production in the presence of fish, its application in aquaculture practice stays rather experimental and lacks control measures. NAPROPERA works on a solution to fill this gap.
Contact person
Dibo Liu
Thomas Meinelt
Department
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
07/2019
End
05/2022
Topic

IMPRESS

EU research project to protect endangered migratory fish species (salmon, eel and sturgeon)
Contact person
Robert Arlinghaus
Sven Würtz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
01/2015
End
12/2018
Topic

CITYFOOD

Feeding urban populations is a global challenge, additionally straining the Food-Water-Energy Nexus. CITYFOOD provides innovative solutions by integrating aqua-agriculture systems into cities.
Contact person
Werner Kloas
Daniela Baganz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
05/2018
End
04/2021
Topic

INAPRO- Innovative Aquaponics for Professional Application

Innovative model and demonstration based water management for resource efficiency in integrated multitrophic agriculture and aquaculture systems
Contact person
Werner Kloas
Daniela Baganz
Department
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
01/2014
End
12/2017
Topic

Related Downloads

Aquaponics: Aquaculture and Hydroponics (poster and booklet)

Poster and booklet provide background information on aquaculture and aquaponics. They also contain information about the game "Aquaponics in Virtual Reality".

Aquaponics in Virtual Reality

An interactive, virtual tour in an aquaponics facility, in which you can, for instance, feed fish and harvest tomatoes. You need Oculus VR goggles to play. Also for grown-ups!

M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Arrival and Survival Guide

Everything you need to know about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture! The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Flyer

A quick overview about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

Experts at IGB

Werner Kloas

Head of Department
Research group
Aquaponics and Ecophysiology

Thomas Meinelt

Research Group Leader
Research group
Fish Pathology, Ecotoxicology and Stress Ecology

Sven Würtz

Research Group Leader
Research group
Molecular Fish Physiology

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