Six Purdue University faculty members whose work includes aquaculture will give presentations during a two-day conference on aquaponics in October.

The event of the Indiana Aquaculture Association Inc. will be held Oct. 28 -29 at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road in Kokomo. Purdue Extension is a co-sponsor of the conference.

"Aquaponics is a relatively new discipline," said Bob Rode, Purdue Aquaponics Research Lab manager and a presenter at the conference. "Although it may sound simple, there are many facets to be considered. This conference is an excellent opportunity for potential producers to learn more about it and why it is so appealing."

The conference is geared toward intermediate and advanced aquaponics. Presentations will cover a variety of topics that include facilities and equipment, fish nutrition, pest control, current aquaculture research, species selection and food safety.

Participants will have the opportunity to talk to experts in the field of aquaponics, fellow enthusiasts, and equipment and supply representatives, and tour Green River Greenhouse in Peru.

Keynote speaker is Charlie Shultz, a leading aquaponics expert.

Purdue faculty members presenting and their topics:
  • Amanda Deering, clinical assistant professor of food science, on food safety of vegetables.
  • Rick Foster, professor of entomology, on pest control in aquaponics operations.
  • Al Heber, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, on indoor environmental conditions.
  • Hye-Ji Kim, assistant professor of sustainable horticultural systems, on vegetables for aquaponics.
  • Petrus Langenhoven, hydroponic crop specialist, on greenhouse structures.
  • Rode, on fish in aquaponics operations.
Early-bird registration fee through Sept. 18 is $90 for IAAI members and $100 for non-members. After that date, registration is $100 for IAAI members and $125 for non-members. Registration includes entry both days, dinner Friday night, lunch Saturday, snacks and beverages.

An optional tour of Green River Greenhouse can be added for an additional $20 per person.

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