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11. May 2020, Topic: Sediment Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Assessment of sediment quality in artificial canals in Valais

Assessment of sediment quality in artificial canals in Valais

Ecotoxicological bioassays and the assessment of invertebrate benthic communities complement physico-chemical analyses when assessing sediment quality. The sediment quality in three artificial channels in the Valais was severely affected.

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08. May 2020, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Fungicidal azoles cause concern

Fungicidal azoles cause concern

In Switzerland, these substances are detected in most samples from water, sediment, soil and organisms. However, a lack of toxicity data for many azoles makes it difficult to assess the risk they pose.

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23. April 2020, Topic: Aquatische Ökotoxikologie, Risikobewertung

Effect-based limits come into force - milestone for a long-term project

Effect-based limits come into force - milestone for a long-term project

With the amendment to the Water Protection Ordinance of 1 April 2020, an important goal was achieved: For 19 pesticides and three pharmaceuticals, the quality criteria developed by the Ecotox Centre now apply as limit values for surface waters.

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17. March 2020, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus / COVID-19, all Ecotox Centre offices and labs are closed starting 17 March 2020. Employees work from home and can be contacted via e-mail.

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22. November 2019, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

"Ecotoxicology will continue to gain in importance" - in conversation with Inge Werner

"Ecotoxicology will continue to gain in importance" - in conversation with Inge Werner

The longtime former head of the Ecotox Centre, Inge Werner, handed over management to Benoit Ferrari on 1 September. Here she reflects on the past and future of practical ecotoxicology in Switzerland.

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22. November 2019, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Few estrogens in Europe's rivers

Few estrogens in Europe's rivers

Studies with biotests have shown it: Most European watercourses do not contain estrogenic substances in critical concentrations. Switzerland has also participated in the huge monitoring project initiated by the Ecotox Centre. All Swiss samples were harmless.

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21. November 2019, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Ecotoxicological effects of pesticides in stream sediments

Ecotoxicological effects of pesticides in stream sediments

Pesticides in sediments cause adverse effects on benthic organisms. This was shown by a monitoring study conducted by the Ecotox Centre and Eawag on five streams in agricultural areas. Crustaceans were particularly affected. Concentrations of several insecticides, including chlorpyrifos and the pyrethroid cypermethrin, exceeded effect thresholds, indicating impaired sediment quality.

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19. November 2019, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Video tutorial on the L-YES

Video tutorial on the L-YES

A video tutorial shows the preparation and execution of the yeast estrogen screen with lyticase for the detection of estrogenic substances.

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04. November 2019, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

How do plant production products affect Swiss fish?

How do plant production products affect Swiss fish?

Pesticides detected in Swiss streams pose a risk to the fish living there. Harmful effects on the fish, particularly through sublethal and indirect effects, are possible in the measured concentrations.

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04. November 2019, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Homing in on pyrethroids

Homing in on pyrethroids

The measurement of trace concentrations of pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides – now possible thanks to a newly developed analytical method – shows that these compounds can pose a greater threat to aquatic organisms than all other pesticides.

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