Video: The Project Coordinator Professor Nikolaos Katsoulas presents the closed type Aquaponic System which has been installed in the Greenhouse Facilities of UTH. Aquaponic System is an innovative, sustainable food production system that integrates fish culture with hydroponic crops cultivation by recycling water.
Development and optimization of an aquaponic system to increase sustainability in food production, FoodOASIS. 2018-2021. Co‐financed by the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code: T1EDK-01153)
The FoodOASIS research project participated in the 11th Panhellenic Conference on Agricultural Engineering held in Volos on November 8th, 2019 with the presentation of the work, ‘’Development of a Simulation Model for Macronutrients’ Concentration in an Aquaponic System’’ by M. Aslanidou, N. Katsoulas, A. Elvanidi, E. Tsoumalakou and E. Levizou.
In the framework of the FoodOASIS research project, two scientific papers were presented, the first one by N. Vlahos, K. Babouklis, S. Frangou, I. Mitsopoulos, E Kapetanios, A. Manolios, K. Giannoulatou, E. Mardoglou and E. Mente and the second one by E. Tsoumalakou, E. Mente, N. Katsoulas, K.A. Kormas, P. Berillis, N. Vlahos, P. Kapsis, P. Stathopoulou and E. Levizou, at Aquaculture Europe 2019 in Berlin from October 7th to October 10th. The titles of the papers are: ‘’Nutrient Input in a Small Scale Aquaponic System: Effect on Lettuce Functional Responses and Tilapia Growth’’ and ‘’Design, Aquascape and Conditioning of a Brackish Aquaponics System’’.
The Open Day at the
Greenhouse Facilities of University of Thessaly, Velestino Magnesia was
successfully held on 18 October 2019. The doors opened on time at 10:00 am with
the presence of first registered visitors.
Katsoulas and Director of the Laboratory of Agricultural Constructions of the
Department of Crop Production and Rural Environment guided visitors to the
Greenhouse Facilities, including a presentation of the new pilot greenhouse of
the University of Thessaly, where most of the projects are implemented. During
the visit were presented several opportunities for farm diversification in the
The purpose of the event
was to inform the public about the contribution of EU cohesion policy to the
implementation of projects and development interventions in general under
Operational Programs co-financed by the European Structural Funds.
The main objectives of
the event were: to explain the new framework of the circular economy, to share
good practices and to encourage networking and dialogue.
The farm is located near the
National Road Athens-Thessaloniki, in the area of Velestino and at an altitude
of 70 meters above sea level. It covers an area of 250 acres and covers the research
and educational needs of the members of the Department. Of this total area, 2.5
acres are in greenhouses.
Professor Nikos Katsoulas,
Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Agricultural
Constructions of the Department of Crop Production and Rural Environment
mentioned that “dozens of farmers, researchers, professionals, teachers
and others came to the farm and were informed of the new technologies for
New technologies focus on hydroponics
with complete nutrient-recycling management, testing of various crop
substrates, testing of new insecticides, testing of new greenhouse cover
materials, aquaculture (aquaponic and crop production) and biogas. Reduction of
energy inputs (energy saving, biomass and other renewable energy use, better
microclimate management by means of optimal control, better management of water
resources (closed hydroponic systems).
Prof. Mr. Katsoulas
highlighted that the greenhouse produces various products such as tomatoes,
celery, lettuce, aromatic plants, mint.
From April to September,
tomato production reached 25 tons per acre. “This is a quality tomato
produced from the greenhouse with new technologies, and we estimate that 40
tons will be produced in total”
A big THANK YOU to all who
participated in the OPEN DAY-Organic Plus. We would like to thank our partners,
and a very heartfelt thanks to EPSA the company that offered us Greek soft
drinks and made this event truly special!
Τhe research team of the School of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Thessaly of the Departments of Crop Production and Rural Environment and Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment participating in FoodOASIS, with the Scientific Coordinator Mr. Nikolaos Katsoulas (Professor), perform another innovative laboratory scale experiment combining the cultivation of basil plants and the fish breeding of European bass.
OPEN DAY- Technologies for production with low inputs in greenhouses.
the framework of the Research projects, implemented by the Laboratory of
Agricultural Constructions and Environmental Control of the University of
Thessaly, an OPEN DAY for the public
event will take place at the
of the University of Thessaly in
Velestino on September 18, 2019 from 10:00 to 15:00.
purpose of the event is to inform the public about the contribution of EU
cohesion policy to the implementation of projects and development interventions
in general under Operational Programs co-financed by the European Structural
will also have the chance to visit the innovative Greenhouse, including a
presentation of the new pilot greenhouse of the Laboratory of Agricultural
Constructions and Environmental Control of the University of Thessaly, where
most of the above mentioned projects are implemented.
Open Access Day (OPEN DAY) event is part of the pan-European communication
campaign “Europe in My Region 2019 – Europe in My Region 2019” (#EUinMyRegion).
18/09/2019, Time: 10.00-15.00
Location: Farm of University of Thessaly-Greenhouse
Facilities, Velestino Magnesia
additionally aquaponic experiment was conducted in laboratory scale by the research team of the School of Agricultural
Sciences of the University of Thessaly of the Departments of Crop Production
and Rural Environment and Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment participating
in FoodOASIS, with the Scientific Coordinator Mr. Nikolaos Katsoulas (Associate
Professor). The fish-plant combination was concerned European
bass and lettuce.
project review meeting of the first year was held on 15th July 2019
to discuss and present the projects that were successfully achieved in this
project phase. Further coordination and reorganization of the team was followed
with a view to complete successfully the next year’s modules, as well as
spreading aquaponics science to scientific groups and directly interested
people in sustainable production.
FoodOasis Research Project participated at the International Symposium on
Advanced Technologies and Management for Innovative Greenhouses GreenSys in
Angers, France, from June 16th to 20th 2019. The poster
of the project titled ” Development and optimization of an aquaponic
system to increase sustainability in food production FoodOASIS ” was presented
by the Scientific coordinator, Mr. Nikolaos Katsoulas (Associate Professor).
This symposium gives researchers and professionals the opportunity to present
innovative research on greenhouse crops, contributing to sustainable food
production and better management of the greenhouse environment for the benefit
of both the producer and the consumer.