News - 2015

13. November 2015, Topic: Soil Ecotoxicology

Are wood preservatives toxic to soil organisms?

Are wood preservatives toxic to soil organisms?

To protect wood as a building material from fungal and bacterial decay, various biocides are used. The Ecotox Centre has investigated which biocides are mostly used in Switzerland and how these affect soil organisms.

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12. November 2015, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Progress in the evaluation of ecotoxicological data

Progress in the evaluation of ecotoxicological data

During the authorization procedure of chemicals or for the determination of environmental quality criteria ecotoxicological data need to be evaluated regarding their reliability and relevance. Das Oekotoxzentrum hat ein neues Bewertungssystem mitentwickelt. The Ecotox Centre has developed a new system that that is supposed to make this data review more secure and reproducible and less subjective.

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11. November 2015, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology

Info sheet on microplastics in the environment

Info sheet on microplastics in the environment

The info sheet summarizes the current knowledge and gives details on the sources of microplastic particles, their transport in the environment, their effect on aquatic organisms and techniques for sampling and analysis.

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15. September 2015, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

SETAC-GLB’s exciting 20th annual conference

SETAC-GLB’s exciting 20th annual conference

Organised by the Ecotox Centre under the direction of Inge Werner, the 20th annual conference of the German-language branch of the “Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry” (SETAC GLB) took place from 7th to 10th September 2015 at ETH Zurich.

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26. June 2015, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Rainbow trouts measure advanced wastewater treatment

Rainbow trouts measure advanced wastewater treatment

The Ecotox Centre is investigating how the transformation products of ozonation can be effectively eliminated

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29. May 2015, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Amphibians and plant protection products - more information is needed

Amphibians and plant protection products - more information is needed

Since the influence of pesticides has been little studied in amphibians, it will be discussed in an expert workshop whether further studies are needed and how the protection of amphibians can be assured.

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28. May 2015, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Evaluation concept for micropollutants from diffuse sources

Evaluation concept for micropollutants from diffuse sources

A new evaluation concept is supposed to help measure and assess the input of micropollutants from diffuse sources into surface waters using effect-based quality criteria.

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27. May 2015, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Rough evaluation of surface waters with a high effluent load using bioassays

Rough evaluation of surface waters with a high effluent load using bioassays

An assessment of the water quality using bioassays is particularly useful when biologically active substances or mixtures are present, that cannot be adequately assessed using chemical analysis. We present a practical approach to the rough evaluation of contaminated waters.

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26. May 2015, Topic: Soil Ecotoxicology

Seminar Benjamin Pauget

"Le programme Bioindicateurs: du développement à la validation d'outils biologique indicateurs de la qualité des sols" 18 June 2015, 14.00

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26. May 2015, Topic: Soil Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Panel discussion on amphibians and plant protection products

Panel discussion on amphibians and plant protection products

The Ecotox Cntre is organizing an expert workshop and a panel discussion on the topic of amphibians and plant protection production on June 16, 2015.

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