News & Publications


Ecotox Centre at EPFL anniversary

At the Ecotox Centre's stand visitors learned how springtails and other creepy crawlies measure environmental pollutants.

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Benoît Ferrari takes over as interim director of the Ecotox Centre

On 1 September 2019, Benoît Ferrari will take over as interim director of the Ecotox Centre. Benoît Ferrari is an expert on the ecotoxicity of sediments and has been group leader for sediment and soil ecotoxicology at the Ecotox Centre in Lausanne since 2013. The current director, Inge Werner, will remain with the Ecotox Centre on a part-time basis until 2021.

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How toxic are cigarette butts?

At least one in three cigarettes worldwide is discarded onto the ground after smoking – a new info sheet informs about their ingredients, environmental behaviour and toxicity.

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Publications, Info Sheets and Reports

Junghans, M., Langer, M., Baumgartner, C., Vermeirssen, E., Werner, I. (2019) Ökotoxikologische Risiken in Bächen durch Effekte aus Organismen bestätigt. Aqua & Gas 4, 26-34

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Pesce, S., Ferrari, B.J.D. et al. (2019) Recommandations d’un collectif franco-suisse d’experts pour une meilleure évaluation de la qualité écotoxicologique des sédiments par l’étude des communautés benthiques. Sciences Eaux & Territoires 55, 1-9

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Ecotoxicity of cigarette butts

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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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Current methodologies used by cantonal agencies for sampling and analysis of sediments in Switzerland

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