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’’.
Professor Nikolaos Katsoulas, Director of LACEC, presented the modern Greenhouse facilities at Velestino to reporters from the ASTRA TV channel.
See the video from the visit (in Greek only) here: https://youtu.be/yA9MRUn4zSY
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.
Professor Nikos 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 circular bioeconomy.
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 greenhouse production.
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.
In 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 is organized.
The event will take place at the Laboratory’s Greenhouse Facilities of the University of Thessaly in Velestino on September 18, 2019 from 10:00 to 15:00.
The 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 Funds.
Participants 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.
The 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).
Date: 18/09/2019, Time: 10.00-15.00 Location: Farm of University of Thessaly-Greenhouse Facilities, Velestino Magnesia
An 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.
The FoodOASIS 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.
The 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.
The participation of the FoodOasis Research Project at the National Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Biological Sciences, was held in Katerini from 9th to 11th May 2019. The aim of the conference is to contribute to the interaction between research teams in various fields of Bioscience and to highlight the research activity of young researchers including pre- and postgraduate students.
The Scientific Associate, Mr. Nikolaos Vlachos, was also invited to the conference and presented his speech entitled “Abundance of bacteria in an aquarium system with different salinities”, as well as the objectives of the FoodOasis research project and the research developments in aquaponics.