Biodiversity - Eawag

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

September 3, 2019

The energy strategy calls for a further expansion of hydropower. This puts pressure on Swiss water bodies and water landscapes. At today's Eawag Info Day, some 200 experts from practice, research and administration will discuss how the various interests in water can be met in a sustainable manner and where the competition between these interests calls for priorities to be set. The Eawag researchers will demonstrate that it is not only a question of technical solutions, but also of social acceptance, for example when measures in favour of water ecology lead to an increase in the price of electricity. Read more

August 30, 2019

Amphipods are among the most important invertebrate organisms in water. They have central ecological functions, for example as food for fish or in the degradation of leaves. Nevertheless, surprisingly little is known about these animals, which are between a few millimetres and a few centimetres in size. And despite very different requirements, the species are hardly differentiated in water monitoring. Read more

Scientific publications

Marques, D. A.; Meier, J. I.; Seehausen, O. (2019) A combinatorial view on speciation and adaptive radiation, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 531-544, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2019.02.008, Institutional Repository
Mansfeldt, C.; Achermann, S.; Men, Y.; Walser, J.-C.; Villez, K.; Joss, A.; Johnson, D. R.; Fenner, K. (2019) Microbial residence time is a controlling parameter of the taxonomic composition and functional profile of microbial communities, ISME Journal, 13(6), 1589-1601, doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0371-6, Institutional Repository
Fontana, S.; Thomas, M. K.; Reyes, M.; Pomati, F. (2019) Light limitation increases multidimensional trait evenness in phytoplankton populations, ISME Journal, 13, 1159-1167, doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0320-9, Institutional Repository
Lange, K.; Bruder, A.; Matthaei, C. D.; Brodersen, J.; Paterson, R. A. (2018) Multiple-stressor effects on freshwater fish: importance of taxonomy and life stage, Fish and Fisheries, 19(6), 974-983, doi:10.1111/faf.12305, Institutional Repository
Carraro, L.; Hartikainen, H.; Jokela, J.; Bertuzzo, E.; Rinaldo, A. (2018) Estimating species distribution and abundance in river networks using environmental DNA, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 115(46), 11724-11729, doi:10.1073/pnas.1813843115, Institutional Repository
To the library
Känel, B.; Michel, C.; Reichert, P. (2018) Methoden zur Untersuchung und Beurteilung der Fliessgewässer. Makrophyten - Stufe F (flächendeckend) und Stufe S (systembezogen). Entwurf zur Vernehmlassung, 119 p, Institutional Repository

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