News - Aquatic Ecotoxicology

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

Inge Werner: Farewell from the Ecotox Centre

Inge Werner: Farewell from the Ecotox Centre

Inge Werner led the Ecotox Centre for nine years, and in that time established and cemented its success. She resigned from the leadership role in 2019 as part of her staged road to retirement. At the end of August she will be retiring fully and returning to her home of choice in California. She talks here about her passion for ecotoxicology as well as the difficult rules in Swiss laundry rooms!

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22. July 2021, Topic: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Soil Ecotoxicology, Sediment Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment

Ecotox Centre now in FLUX

Ecotox Centre now in FLUX

On 12 July, the Ecotox Centre in Dübendorf has moved to the newly constructed FLUX building, where it can now be found on the E floor.

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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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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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