Department Environmental Toxicology

How do aquatic organisms respond to stress?

We investigate how freshwater organisms respond to chemical exposure and other stressors in their environment. In particular, we explore adaptive and toxicological response pathways and develop conceptual and computational models to support knowledge-based risk assessment.

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June 20, 2017

A new business idea – the “Rainbow Biosystem” – developed by researchers at Eawag received the 3rd prize in the business plan category at the award ceremony for the »venture» start-up competition on 19 June. Read more

June 13, 2017

Environmental toxicologists at Eawag have developed new methods to allow tests on new chemicals to be carried out without the need for animal experiments. In place of the conventional experiments using adult fish, the team is now working with fish cells and fish embryos. These alternative methods have numerous advantages, and are seeing increasing demand in industry. This has given rise to an Eawag spin-off. We spoke to its founders. Read more

SETAC Europe Rifcon Award

Yang Yue wins the SETAC Europe Rifcon Best Publication Award for his paper in Environmental Science: Nano, entitled, "Silver nanoparticle-protein interactions in intact rainbow trout gill cells". Congratulations Yang!

Latest Publications

Oliveira, I. B.; Groh, K. J.; Schönenberger, R.; Barroso, C.; Thomas, K. V.; Suter, M. J. -F. (2017) Toxicity of emerging antifouling biocides to non-target freshwater organisms from three trophic levels, Aquatic Toxicology, xx, doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2017.07.019, Institutional Repository
Tousova, Z.; Oswald, P.; Slobodnik, J.; Blaha, L.; Muz, M.; Hu, M.; Brack, W.; Krauss, M.; Di Paolo, C.; Tarcai, Z.; Seiler, T.-B.; Hollert, H.; Koprivica, S.; Ahel, M.; Schollée, J. E.; Hollender, J.; Suter, M. J. -F.; Hidasi, A. O.; Schirmer, K.; Sonavane, M.; Ait-Aissa, S.; Creusot, N.; Brion, F.; Froment, J.; Almeida, A. C.; Thomas, K.; Tollefsen, K. E.; Tufi, S.; Ouyang, X.; Leonards, P.; Lamoree, M.; Torrens, V. O.; Kolkman, A.; Schriks, M.; Spirhanzlova, P.; Tindall, A.; Schulze, T. (2017) European demonstration program on the effect-based and chemical identification and monitoring of organic pollutants in European surface waters, Science of the Total Environment, 601, 1849-1868, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.032, Institutional Repository
Odzak, N.; Kistler, D.; Sigg, L. (2017) Influence of daylight on the fate of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles in natural aquatic environments, Environmental Pollution, 226, 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2017.04.006, Institutional Repository
Drieschner, C.; Minghetti, M.; Wu, S.; Renaud, P.; Schirmer, K. (2017) Ultrathin alumina membranes as scaffold for epithelial cell culture from the intestine of rainbow trout, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(11), 9496-9505, doi:10.1021/acsami.7b00705, Institutional Repository
Isaacson, C. W.; Sigg, L.; Ammann, A. A.; Stadnicka-Michalak, J.; Schirmer, K. (2017) Interactions of TiO2 nanoparticles and the freshwater nematode Plectus aquatilis: particle properties, kinetic parameters and bioconcentration factors, Environmental Science: Nano, 4(3), 712-719, doi:10.1039/c6en00495d, Institutional Repository