Biodiversity

Preserve biodiversity

Concerns about the preservation of biodiversity often end up on the losing side when it comes to weighing conflicting interests in the balance, and its loss is usually only quantified in financial terms when it is already too late. Eawag is researching what biodiversity really means, what benefits it brings, and what measures can be employed to preserve it.

News

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May 2, 2017

A conflict is developing in Africa’s Lake Victoria between fish farming in cages and the “normal” fishing industry. Added to that are other factors such as invasive species, wastewater pollution, pesticides and dam construction are putting the unique ecosystem under increasing pressure.  Read more

April 11, 2017

Although chemical micropollutants are known to affect the ecology of natural waters, it has remained unclear how they do so. An Eawag study has now shown that increasing concentrations of pharmaceuticals and personal care products reduce the diversity of algae in a lake, giving rise to more homogeneous communities with a reduced capacity to adapt to fluctuations in environmental conditions. Read more

Scientific publications

Stephenson,J.F.; Young,K.A.; Fox,J.; Jokela,J.; Cable,J.; Perkins,S.E. (2017) Host heterogeneity affects both parasite transmission to and fitness on subsequent hosts, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 372, 20160093 (10 pp.), doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0093, Institutional Repository
Svensson,O.; Woodhouse,K.; van Oosterhout,C.; Smith,A.; Turner,G.F.; Seehausen,O. (2017) The genetics of mate preferences in hybrids between two young and sympatric Lake Victoria cichlid species, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1849), 20162332 (9 pp.), doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2332, Institutional Repository
Hudson,A.G.; Lundsgaard-Hansen,B.; Lucek,K.; Vonlanthen,P.; Seehausen,O. (2017) Managing cryptic biodiversity: fine-scale intralacustrine speciation along a benthic gradient in Alpine whitefish (Coregonus spp.), Evolutionary Applications, 10(3), 251-266, doi:10.1111/eva.12446, Institutional Repository
Gallien,L.; Altermatt,F.; Wiemers,M.; Schweiger,O.; Zimmermann,N.E. (2017) Invasive plants threaten the least mobile butterflies in Switzerland, Diversity and Distributions, 23(2), 185-195, doi:10.1111/ddi.12513, Institutional Repository
Tellenbach,C.; Tardent,N.; Pomati,F.; Keller,B.; Hairston,N.G.; Wolinska,J.; Spaak,P. (2016) Cyanobacteria facilitate parasite epidemics in Daphnia, Ecology, 97(12), 3422-3432, doi:10.1002/ecy.1576, Institutional Repository

Experts

Prof. Dr. Martin Ackermann
  • bacteria
  • genetics
  • antibiotics
  • resistances
  • evolution
  • ecology
Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt
  • biodiversity
  • genetics
  • modeling
  • ecology
  • Ecosystems
Dr. Jakob Brodersen
  • isotopes
  • ecology
Dr. Helmut Bürgmann
  • bacterioplankton
  • microbes
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments