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UK: Addressing knowledge gaps and enhancing the efficiency of aquaponic systems

Laurence Anderson is in the concluding stages of their PhD studies at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences, supported by the Low Carbon Eco Innovatory and the Liverpool-based social enterprise Farm Urban.

The Academic Odyssey
"My academic journey began with a Bachelor's in Biology at The University of Manchester, specializing in Plant Sciences. After graduation, I embarked on a path that led me to the University of Liverpool, where I gained invaluable experience at their research aquarium, delving deep into the intricacies of aquatic life," shares Laurence.

Shortly after, he became involved in a waste-to-energy project with the University, which explored converting aquaculture waste into valuable resources like biogas and fertilizer. During these research endeavors, Laurence first encountered aquaponics while visiting the University's Ness Botanic Gardens. Here, a small display system featuring Koi carp and the cultivation of basil, Swiss chard, and coriander piqued his interest.

Aquaponics: A confluence of passions
The concept of aquaponics presented an exciting opportunity to blend his interests in sustainability, fish farming, and plant biology. It allowed him to contribute to addressing challenges within the food system and participate in efforts to mitigate the causes and effects of climate change in agriculture. "Fortunately, I received a PhD offer from the University of Liverpool and Farm Urban, granting me the chance to explore this field further and make a tangible impact on sustainable food production."

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