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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /(ˌ)ækwəˈpɒnɪks/
- (General American) enPR: äk'wə-pŏnʹĭks, ăk'wə-, IPA(key): /ˌɑkwəˈpɑnɪks/, /ˌækwə-/
- Rhymes: -ɒnɪks
- Hyphenation: aqua‧pon‧ics
- (agriculture) A sustainable food production system that combines traditional aquaculture with hydroponics, with effluent from the water in which fish are reared being used as nutrition for plants.
- 1990, Eugene B[loor] Brody, Psychoanalytic Knowledge, Madison, Conn.: International Universities Press, →ISBN, page 111:
- The tomato may in fact have absorbed a flavor from the soil in which it was grown, one granted neither by the sand of Florida's winter tomatoes exported North, nor by hothouse aquaponics.
- 2000 May–August, Carl Hoffmann, “Mining Fresh Water for Aquaculture”, in Appalachia, volume 33, number 2, Washington, D.C.: Appalachian Regional Commission, ISSN 0003-6595, OCLC 1481691, page 24, columns 1–2:
- The warm water in which [Donnie] Tenney's tilapia swim and grow is pumped from the fish tanks to beds nurturing basil, rosemary, and cucumber, then drained, filtered, and recirculated to the tilapia. The hybrid aquaculture-hydroponics system, dubbed aquaponics, uses pumps, aerators, greenhouse lights, and fans all powered by natural gas from an abandoned gas well.
system that combines aquaculture with hydroponics