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21. November 2017, Topic: Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Progress in the assessment of sediment quality

Progress in the assessment of sediment quality

Together with eight cantons, the Ecotox Centre has conducted extensive field testing to investigate the comparability of different methods for sampling and sample preparation of sediments.

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31. October 2017, Topic: Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

A focus on communities in freshwater sediments

A focus on communities in freshwater sediments

In April 2017, the first French-Swiss conference on communities in freshwater sediments was held in Villié-Morgon (F). A new publication summarizes the findings from the workshop.

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26. September 2017, Topic: Soil Ecotoxicology

Video tutorials on springtail and earthworm assays

Video tutorials on springtail and earthworm assays

New video tutorials show the preparation and execution of the reproduction test with springtails and the avoidance test with earthworms.

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01. June 2017, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Ecosystem stress caused by micropollutants

Ecosystem stress caused by micropollutants

Micropollutants enter rivers and streams in effluents discharged from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). As well as having adverse impacts on individual species, these substances appear to alter aquatic ecosystem functions, such as litter decomposition.

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30. May 2017, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Ecotoxicological risks in small streams are high

Ecotoxicological risks in small streams are high

A comprehensive monitoring study in small Swiss streams shows that these are often heavily contaminated with plant protection products. The ecotoxicological risk due to the pollutant mixtures was high at four of the five examined sites and the water quality therefore considered to be bad. Due to the long-term exposure, there were no time for recovery for the water organisms.

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30. May 2017, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Priorisation of pollutants for sediment monitoring in Switzerland

Priorisation of pollutants for sediment monitoring in Switzerland

The Ecotox Centre has prioritised organic pollutants for sediment monitoring. The resulting list provides a basis for the sediment module of the Modular Stepwise Procedure.

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23. May 2017, Topic: Sediment Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Do stormwater overflows in Lake Geneva contribute to sediment pollution?

Do stormwater overflows in Lake Geneva contribute to sediment pollution?

Trough the discharge of untreated rainwater, surface waters can be contaminated with heavy metals and organic pollutants. A combination of chemical and biological studies has shown that these substances in Lake Geneva reach the sediments and lead to a shift towards more resistant species.

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23. May 2017, Topic: Sediment Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Ecotoxicology

A new system for the biomonitoring of surface waters

A new system for the biomonitoring of surface waters

Biotests with whole organisms that can be used in the field provide a direct link between environmental pollution and biological effects. The Ecotox Centre has developed a new system with chironomids that measures the contamination of suspended matter.

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23. May 2017, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Aquatic fungi - a neglected class

Aquatic fungi - a neglected class

Aquatic fungi degrade organic material and thereby play a key role in the food web of freshwater ecosystems. However, the organisms are not considered in the risk assessment of fungicides. This should change, the ecotoxic center feels.

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19. May 2017, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology

New project combines thin-layer chromatography and bioassays

New project combines thin-layer chromatography and bioassays

Water and food may contain mixtures of chemicals whose toxicity is difficult to assess with conventional analysis. Effect-based methods coupled with thin-layer chromatography and LC-MS/MS are a promising new method that could help.

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