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24. April 2014, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

New EU report on effect-based monitoring tools

New EU report on effect-based monitoring tools

Under the Water Framework Directive, the water quality needs to be reliably monitored. In addition to analytical methods, integrative methods that measure the water quality on the basis of the effect or potential harm to aquatic organisms should play an important role.

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05. March 2014, Topic: Aquatische Ökotoxikologie, Risikobewertung

Pesticides in Swiss surface waters surpass environmental quality criteria

Pesticides in Swiss surface waters surpass environmental quality criteria

A new screening survey has found more than 100 different pesticides in watercourses of the Swiss Mittelland.

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04. February 2014, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Bioassays for micropollutants put to test

In a large ring test, 20 laboratories - among them the Ecotox Centre - have used a total of 103 in vitro bioassay methods to assess the quality of water samples.

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14. November 2013, Topic: Aquatische Ökotoxikologie, Bodenökotoxikologie, Sedimentökotoxikologie, Risikobewertung

SETAC Europe 2014 in Basel

The Ecotox Centre participates in the organisation of the next annual meeting of SETAC Europe, which will be held in Basel on May 11th-15th, 2014.

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01. October 2013, Topic: Sediment Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology

News group leader for sediment and soil ecotoxicology

News group leader for sediment and soil ecotoxicology

On 1 October Benoit Ferrari started as the new team leader for sediment and soil ecotoxicology at the Ecotox Centre in Lausanne.

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25. July 2013, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology

Encapsulated biocides are less toxic

Encapsulated biocides are less toxic

Biocides in façade render prevent the growth of algae and fungi, but are also washed out into the environment with the rain.

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05. July 2013, Topic: Aquatische Ökotoxikologie, Bodenökotoxikologie, Sedimentökotoxikologie

Ecotoxicity of rare earth elements

Rare earth elements is the common name given to 15 chemically similar periodic elements of the lanthanide family, scandium and yttrium.

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25. May 2013, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

New database on environmental quality standards

New database on environmental quality standards

In the assessment of water quality, many countries specify limits for individual substances based on ecotoxicological data — so-called environmental quality standards (EQS), which ca, however, differ considerably from one country to another.

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23. May 2013, Topic: Aquatische Ökotoxikologie, Bodenökotoxikologie, Sedimentökotoxikologie, Risikobewertung

New info sheets on radionuclides and fracking

The Ecotox Centre has prepared two new info sheets on current topics. The info sheet on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) reviews the current state of scientific knowledge and describes potential impacts on groundwater and surface waters. The other factsheet provides information on the fate of radionuclides in ecosystems and their effects on organisms.

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20. May 2013, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Ecotox Centre informs council of states committee

Ecotox Centre informs council of states committee

When the Council of States Committee for Science, Education and Culture CSEC visited Eawag, Etienne Vermeirssen presented the Ecotox Centre's work.

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