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The colouring and patterning of trout in the Rhine catchment area (Salmo trutta) demonstrate the wide variety that exists within this species. Fiber aims to inspire enthusiasm amongst fishermen and women for native fish (photos: Fiber).
October 12, 2015

Since it was founded in 2004, the Swiss Fisheries Advisory Service, Fiber, has established itself as an important interface between research and practice. Fiber is jointly funded by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). Read more

Shown here is one of the whales from which the main samples were taken. Photographed by Pascale Eisenmann, Griffith University. (Photo: © Pascale Eisenmann, Griffith University)
September 30, 2015

In collaboration with Griffith University in Australia, an Eawag research group has succeeded in developing humpback whale cell cultures in the laboratory. Read more

Ozone diffusors in Ara Neugut (© Eawag)
September 3, 2015

The new water protection law takes effect on 1 January 2016. Today in Lausanne, around 200 experts from political, administrative, business and scientific spheres met for the annual Eawag Info day, exchanging information and viewpoints on the current challenges in implementing the law, and sharing the latest research results. Read more

Microplastics are plastic particles less than five millimetres in diameter. (Photo: Jonas Martin, Geomar)
September 2, 2015

Microplastics – plastic particles less than five millimetres in diameter – can be found in oceans, lakes and rivers worldwide. It has been estimated that over 21,000 tonnes of microplastics are floating in the world’s seas. Read more

Rainbow trout gill cells were live-stained using molecular probes for nuclei (blue), cell membrane (green), mitochondria (red) and lysosome (magenta). These cells were healthy control cells unexposed to chemical stimuli. © Photo: Vivian Lu Tan, Eawag
August 7, 2015

Before new chemicals can be approved, environmental risk assessments have to be carried out. But conventional toxicity testing with live fish is costly and time-consuming, and new substances continue to be produced without being adequately assessed.  Read more

Photo: ARA Neugut, Dübendorf
August 5, 2015

Ozone treatment efficiently removes many micropollutants contained in wastewater, but in some cases, it can lead to the formation of toxic byproducts. Read more

Harvey M. Rosen Memorial Award for Lisa Salhi and Urs von Gunten
July 9, 2015

Elisabeth Salhi and Urs von Gunten from the department of Water Resources and Drinking Water received the Harvey M. Rosen Memorial Award for their publication "Process Control for Ozonation Systems: A Novel Real-Time Approach" in the journal Ozone: Science & Engineering. Read more

The “Stop Fracking” group in Bern submits a popular initiative calling for a cantonal ban on gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing. (Photo: Green Party Bern)
June 25, 2015

The use of fracking for gas extraction is widely opposed in Switzerland. Despite the almost complete lack of concrete projects, certain cantons have already imposed bans. Read more

Trichloramine levels rise with the number of pool users. Pictured here, an indoor pool in Wuxi, China. (Photo: Sinopictures)
June 25, 2015

Chlorination of water in swimming pools leads to the formation of trichloramine, a potentially harmful compound. Read more

Safe drinking water: fluoride is removed by a community filter installed in the Ethiopian village of Wayo Gabriel. (Photo: Eawag)
March 18, 2015

In many regions of Asia, Africa and South America, consumption of groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride causes severe health problems. Read more