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Watch the Agro-Cyclos presentation video in a short and at an extended version.

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About


Circular economy in agricultural production: the cycle of nutrition between plants, fish and insects as a new system of food production with a low environmental footprint (Agro-Cyclos)

Funding Programme "NATURAL ENVIRONMENT & INNOVATIVE ACTIONS 2022" / Priority Axis 3 "RESEARCH AND APPLICATION"
Funding: Green Fund (https://prasinotameio.gr)
Budget: 199991 €
Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
2023-2025

Agro-Cyclos focuses the multi-level concept of the circular economy on primary production, applying a pioneering circular tri-trophic model that includes three types of organisms (plants, fish and insects) that feed each other. The aim of the project is to apply the principles of the circular economy to the production of agricultural products, through the reuse of nutrient-rich materials that have so far been considered waste. By joining the cycle of nutrition, the residues or by-products of the metabolism of one organism will become food for the next, turning them from waste into a resource.

The objectives of the project are two-fold: a) to create new knowledge through research on the implementation of the circular production system, the completeness of which will provide the roadmap for its introduction in the primary sector and b) to transfer knowledge/technology, to inform and raise awareness among producers, primary sector enterprises and citizens about the new model which is contrary to the current linear model of development.


The integration of aquaculture, aquaponics and insect rearing in the cyclical tri-rotational farming system will lead to maximize nutrient, water and energy recycling, minimizing waste.

The expected results, along with the application of the "nothing is discarded-everything is reused" principle to maximize the production of agricultural products and fish, include: a) the reduction of environmental pollution from waste disposal (a serious problem in large production units of either aquaculture or greenhouse products), b) the saving of environmental resources, mainly water, which is the cohesive element of parallel vegetable/fish farming (carrying valuable nutrients), c) the reduction of the use of chemical fertilizers and the promotion of organic nutritional products.

All Agro-Cyclos aspects are summarized in the video-recorded material provided in a short and also at an extended version.

Research team


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Efi Levizou, Associate Professor in Plant Physiology, Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

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Christos Athanasiou, Professor in Entomology, Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

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Ioannis Karapanagiotidis, Associate Professor in Nutrition of Aquatic Animal Organisms, Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

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Nikolaos Katsoulas, Professor in Agricultural Constructions – Greenhouses, Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

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Konstantinos Kormas, Professor in Microbial ecology of the aquatic environment, Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

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Elena Mente, Professor in Nutrition Physiology of Aquatic Animal Organisms, School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dissemination & Outreach



- 25/9/2023 Visit of Professors in the pilot aquaponics greenhouse 
Visit of Professors from Turkey and Romania in the framework of the Erasmus programme. The Professors were guided to the pilot greenhouse and the insect rearing unit and were informed in detail about the objectives, actions and expected results of the Agro-cycle.

- 27-29/9/2023 Oral presentation of Efi Levizou at the Retaste Conference 
Oral presentation of the Agro-cycle Coordinator, Associate Professor Efi Levizou, at the International Conference Retaste: Rethink Food Resources, Losses, and Waste -Third International Conference, Athens, Greece (27-29/9/23). The concept, objectives and expected results of Agro-cycle were presented under the title: «Circular economy in agricultural production: the cycle of nutrition between plants, fish and insects as a new system of food production with low environmental footprint».




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- Assoc. Prof. Efi Levizou: elevizou(at)uth.gr

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