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30. June 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Benoit Ferrari new director at the Ecotox Centre, with Etienne Vermeirssen as deputy director

Benoit Ferrari new director at the Ecotox Centre, with Etienne Vermeirssen as deputy director

On July 1, Benoit Ferrari will permanently take over as director of the Ecotox Centre, which he has already led ad interim for the past two years. He will be supported by Etienne Vermeirssen, group leader of Aquatic Ecotoxicology, as deputy director.

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26. May 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Do pesticides harm our fish?

Do pesticides harm our fish?

Environmentally relevant mixtures of pesticides affect the energy balance of fish, with possible consequences for their longer-term survival. This effect is influenced by higher water temperatures and diseases. Detection of the complex effects with specific biomarkers is promising.

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25. May 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Role of estrogens from agriculture

Role of estrogens from agriculture

Agriculture can also contribute to the presence of estrogens in the environment through their discharge by farm animals. These discharges seem to be less of a problem than feared.

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19. May 2021, Topic: Aquatische Ökotoxikologie

Online biomonitoring of treated wastewater

Online biomonitoring of treated wastewater

Treated wastewater can be continuously monitored using online monitoring with organisms. This method enables wastewater treatment plant operators and discharging industrial plants to react quickly to acute contamination.

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18. May 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Assessment of the environmental impact of building products

Assessment of the environmental impact of building products

A new assessment method has been developed to encourage sustainable building and water protection at the source.

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12. May 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Microplastics in the environment

Microplastics in the environment

Plastic particles are everywhere - in water, in soil and also in food. But too little is known about the effects of the particles on ecosystems and humans. Therefore, the risk assessment of the substances remains difficult. The Ecotox Center informed about the current state of knowledge in an online course in January.

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10. May 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology

Chironomids measure suspended matter quality

Chironomids measure suspended matter quality

The Ecotox Centre is working on a system to assess environmental quality based on biomarkers in chironomids.

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29. April 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

PFAS in Swiss sediments

PFAS in Swiss sediments

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) are very stable in the environment and are therefore detected almost everywhere. A new study investigates the occurrence of PFAS in Swiss sediments.

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28. April 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology

New projects to assess water quality

New projects to assess water quality

The Ecotox Centre has launched several new projects to improve the assessment of water quality.

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22. March 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Early warning systems with potential: video

Early warning systems with potential: video

Online biomonitoring systems offer the possibility of real-time monitoring of wastewater with organisms and enable wastewater treatment plants to react immediately to acute pollution.

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