Biotests assess ozonation and post-treatment of wastewater


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Oligochaetes indicate sediment quality


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Neonicotinoids: harmful to soil organisms?


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Risk assessment of transformation products of pharmaceuticals


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Persistently high pesticide levels found in small streams

04. April 2017

Persistently high pesticide levels found in small streams

Small watercourses are contaminated with large numbers of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. A new study shows that the legal requirements specified for water quality are not met in any of the five Swiss streams investigated. Indeed, thresholds for acute toxicity to aquatic organisms were also exceeded.

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Info sheet on the evaluation of glyphosate

20. March 2017

Info sheet on the evaluation of glyphosate

A new info sheet provides information on the (eco)toxicological evaluation of glyphosate and explains how the differences in the evaluation by various organisations come about.

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The Ecotox Centre

The Ecotox Centre is the Swiss competence centre for applied, practice-oriented ecotoxicology. It serves as the primary knowledge hub and discussion platform for research and development, consulting and education in that area.


Proposals for Acute and Chronic Quality Standards Test Systems Continuing Education Staff

Current publications, info sheets and reports

Doppler, T., Mangold, S., Wittmer, I., Spycher, S. Comte, R., Stamm, C., Singer., H., Junghans, M., Kunz, M. (2017) Hohe PSM-Belastung in Schweizer Bächen - NAWA-SPEZ-Kampagne untersucht Bäche in Gebieten intensiver landwirtschaftlicher Nutzung. Aqua & Gas 4, 46-56

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Langer, M., Junghans, M., Spycher, S., Koster, M., Baumgartner, C., Vermeirssen, E., Werner, I. (2017) Hohe ökotoxikologische Risiken in Bächen - NAWA SPEZ untersucht Bäche in Gebieten intensiver landwirtschaftlicher Nutzung. Aqua & Gas 4, 58-68

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(Eco)toxicological evaluation of glyphosate - debate on a pesticide

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Ecotoxicologcal assessment of PPP in surface waters: EQS and RAC values: Ecotoxicologcal assessment of PPP in surface waters: EQS and RAC values

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Messung von PCB und Dioxinen in Fliessgewässern

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