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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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24. November 2020, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Strategy for assessing sediment quality in Switzerland

Strategy for assessing sediment quality in Switzerland

After 6 years, the assessment concept for sediment quality in Switzerland is in the home straight. In addition to a harmonised method for sampling and sample preparation, a list of substances for regular sediment monitoring has been developed, as well as sediment quality criteria and an evaluation system.

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20. November 2020, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology

Less pesticides for streams in Thurgau

Less pesticides for streams in Thurgau

In the canton of Thurgau, experts from the offices are working with farmers to reduce the pollution of watercourses with pesticides. Bioassays with water and sediment samples show that the ecotoxicological status of streams is currently significantly impaired.

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17. November 2020, Topic: Soil Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Biomonitoring for plant production products in Switzerland

Biomonitoring for plant production products in Switzerland

A monitoring concept for residues in Swiss agricultural soils is currently being developed as part of the action plan for the reduction of risks and sustainable use of plant protection products. The most important steps are the development of ecotoxicological guidance values for soils and the selection of suitable biological indicators.

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