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

June 17, 2020

Since spring 2018, the newly developed underwater camera Aquascope has been recording a wide variety of plankton species in Lake Greifen. These sensitive organisms can thus, for the first time, be observed undisturbed in their natural habitat – an important step towards automated monitoring of water quality and aquatic biodiversity.

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June 3, 2020

If one observes the competition between parasites and symbionts, much can be learned about the theory of evolution. Two Eawag researchers have thus shown in a new study that high parasite diversity promotes symbiont diversity.

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Events

17. - 18.08.​2020,
Cours de base en coopération avec l’OFEV
25. - 26.08.​2020,
Eawag Dübendorf – Basiskurs zusammen mit dem BAFU

Scientific publications

Hernandez-Valdes, J. A.; van Gestel, J.; Kuipers, O. P. (2020) A riboswitch gives rise to multi-generational phenotypic heterogeneity in an auxotrophic bacterium, Nature Communications, 11(1), 1203 (13 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-020-15017-1, Institutional Repository
Dal Co, A.; van Vliet, S.; Kiviet, D. J.; Schlegel, S.; Ackermann, M. (2020) Short-range interactions govern the dynamics and functions of microbial communities, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4, 366-375, doi:10.1038/s41559-019-1080-2, Institutional Repository
Hafer-Hahmann, N.; Vorburger, C. (2020) Parasitoids as drivers of symbiont diversity in an insect host, Ecology Letters, doi:10.1111/ele.13526, Institutional Repository
D'Souza, G. G. (2020) Phenotypic variation in spatially structured microbial communities: ecological origins and consequences, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 62, 220-227, doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2019.12.013, Institutional Repository
Schreiber, F.; Ackermann, M. (2020) Environmental drivers of metabolic heterogeneity in clonal microbial populations, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 62, 202-211, doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2019.11.018, Institutional Repository
To the library
Schuwirth, N.; Caradima, B.; Schindler Wildhaber, Y.; Sarbach-Remund, N. (2019) Analyse schweizweiter Makrozoobenthosdaten. Erkenntnisse über anthropogene Einflüsse und Monitoring-Design, Aqua & Gas, 99(12), 55-61, Institutional Repository
Junghans, M.; Langer, M.; Baumgartner, C.; Vermeirssen, E.; Werner, I. (2019) Ökotoxikologische Untersuchungen: Risiko von PSM bestätigt. NAWA-SPEZ-Studie 2017 zeigt Beeinträchtigung von Gewässerorganismen, Aqua & Gas, 99(4), 26-34, Institutional Repository
Küry, D.; Stucki, P.; Martinez, N.; Roth, T.; Schuwirth, N.; Michel, C.; Schindler Wildhaber, Y. (2019) Vom IBCH zum IBCH_2019. Methoden-Update des Moduls "Makrozoobenthos Stufe F" im Modul-Stufen-Konzept, Aqua & Gas, 99(12), 47-54, Institutional Repository

Current research projects

An Eawag-WSL collaboration focusing on Biodiversity at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

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
Dr. Philine Feulner
  • biodiversity
  • fish
  • genetics
  • comparative genomics
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Dr. Carlos Melian
  • biodiversity
  • modeling
  • ecology
Dr. Francesco Pomati
  • algae
  • biodiversity
  • ecology
  • plankton
  • ecotoxicology
Dr. Katja Räsänen
  • biodiversity
  • ecology
  • Environmental change
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Amphibians
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
PD Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments
Prof. Dr. Christoph Vorburger
  • biodiversity
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
Dr. Christine Weber
  • fish
  • river restoration
  • ecology