Quantification of root nitrification capacity of bibb lettuce plants for use in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS)

dc.contributor.authorGoldstein, Louis T.
dc.contributor.authorTimmons, Dr. Michael B.
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-15T14:59:03Z
dc.date.available2014-01-15T14:59:03Z
dc.date.issued2014-01-15
dc.description.abstractThis research examined the feasibility of Bibb lettuce roots to provide a surface for nitrifying microbes to colonize, removing ammonia from wastewater. The work is geared towards sizing a rotational plant system to act as a natural biofilter to treat wastewater from the fish farming industry, making a recirculating natural system possible. It was observed that these natural, biotic surfaces provide a more suitable area for microbes to grow compared to inert materials. Nitrification rates were quantified, and were similar in magnitude to pre-experiment estimates. In addition, a correlation between Bibb lettuce leaf mass and root surface area was calculated, which greatly simplifies the calculation necessary to size a plant filtration unit.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/35132
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectAquacultureen_US
dc.subjectHydroponicsen_US
dc.subjectNitrificationen_US
dc.subjectAmmoniaen_US
dc.titleQuantification of root nitrification capacity of bibb lettuce plants for use in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS)en_US
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