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Journal of Aquaculture Engineering and Fisheries Research

Commentary - (2023) Volume 9, Issue 9

Co-culture of cress loach to improve biogas sludge utilization efficiency in aquaponics systems
Ailton Borges Rodrigues*
Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, University of Trindade, Brazil
*Correspondence: Ailton Borges Rodrigues, Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, University of Trindade, Brazil, Email:

Received: Aug 30, 2023, Manuscript No. JAEFR-23-117333; Editor assigned: Sep 01, 2023, Pre QC No. JAEFR-23-117333 (PQ); Reviewed: Sep 15, 2023, QC No. JAEFR-23-117333; Revised: Sep 20, 2023, Manuscript No. JAEFR-23-117333 (R); Published: Sep 27, 2023, DOI: 10.3153/JAEFR.9.9.084

Citation: Rodrigues AB. Co-culture of cress loach to improve biogas sludge utilization efficiency in aquaponics systems. J Aquacult Eng Fish Res. 2023; 9(9)


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Conflict Of Interest

The author declares there is no conflict of interest in publishing this article.