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"Ecotoxicology will continue to gain in importance" - in conversation with Inge Werner

The longtime former head of the Ecotox Centre, Inge Werner, handed over management to Benoit Ferrari on 1 September. Here she reflects on the past and future of practical ecotoxicology in Switzerland.

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Few estrogens in Europe's rivers

Studies with biotests have shown it: Most European watercourses do not contain estrogenic substances in critical concentrations. Switzerland has also participated in the huge monitoring project initiated by the Ecotox Centre. All Swiss samples were harmless.

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Ecotoxicological effects of pesticides in stream sediments

Pesticides in sediments cause adverse effects on benthic organisms. This was shown by a monitoring study conducted by the Ecotox Centre and Eawag on five streams in agricultural areas. Crustaceans were particularly affected. Concentrations of several insecticides, including chlorpyrifos and the pyrethroid cypermethrin, exceeded effect thresholds, indicating impaired sediment quality.

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Publications, Info Sheets and Reports

Casado-Martinez, M.C., Schneeweiss, A., Thiemann, C., Dubois, N., Pintado-Herrera, M., Lara-Martin, P.A., Ferrari, B.J.D., Werner, I. (2019) Ecotoxicité des sédiments de ruisseaux. Les pesticides présents dans les sédiments on des effets sur les organismes bentiques. Aqua & Gas 12, 62-71

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Rösch, A.. Beck, B., Hollender, J., Stamm, C., Singer, H., Doppler, T., Junghans, M. (2019) Geringe Konzentrationen mit grosser Wirkung. Nachweis von Pyrethoid- und Organophosphatinsektiziden in Schweizer Bächen im pg/l Bereich. Aqua & Gas 11, 54-66

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Ecotoxicity of cigarette butts

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Pression chimique et impacts écologiques : Distribution des contaminants et réponse des communautés de microorganismes et d'invertébrés dans les sédiments de l’Ardières et du Tillet (CommuSED)

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An overview of current scientific knowledge on the life cycles, environmental exposures, and environmental effects of select endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and potential EDCs

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