News & Publications


New large-scale project on the risk assessment of chemicals

Together with partners from Switzerland and the EU, the Ecotox Centre compares the prospective and retrospective risk assessment of pesticides and further develops assessment approaches and concepts. Further activities concern the assessment of substance mixtures and the monitoring of endocrine disruptors and perfluorinated chemicals in the environment.

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Elevated ecotoxicological risks through pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides

Pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides were detected in small streams at all 17 sampling sites that were investigated during the 2019 NAWA monitoring campaign. Although the measured concentrations were mostly low, they pose a significant risk to aquatic organisms.

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Biomarkers in chironomids for the detection of sediment quality

By measuring gene expression, effects can be detected that do not directly lead to death , but can trigger an effect-specific stress response and thus cause long-term damage to the organism.

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Publications, Info Sheets and Reports

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment

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Strategie zur Bewertung der Sedimentqualität in der Schweiz

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Évaluation de la qualité des sédiments des canaux Stockalper, du Bras-Neuf et des îles (Valais, Suisse) basée sur une approche de type triade

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