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

October 15, 2020

Exploration and utilisation of resources from the world’s oceans is not equally distributed across the globe. Although many of these resources originate in the Global South, they are mostly being researched by just a few countries from the North. Accordingly, this is also where most of the benefits and profits are flowing to, despite the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was the finding of an analysis of literature from the last 50 years.

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October 9, 2020

Whether a lake was once polluted with excess nutrients is reflected even decades later in the community of bacteria living on these nutrients in the sediment. However, there is still surprisingly little research into how microbes in the sediment cooperate.

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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, 23(8), 1232-1241, 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
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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