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.


November 13, 2019

There may be hundreds of species of char living in Greenland’s lakes and rivers, according to a team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and the University of Bern, that has discovered the largest known diversity of char species in the catchment area of the Eqaluit River.

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November 4, 2019

The measurement of trace concentrations of pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides – now possible thanks to a newly developed analytical method – shows that these compounds can pose a greater threat to aquatic organisms than all other pesticides.

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Scientific publications

Povolo, V. R.; Ackermann, M. (2019) Disseminating antibiotic resistance during treatment. A multidrug efflux pump can help bacteria acquire antibiotic resistance through plasmid transfer, Science, 364(6442), 737-738, doi:10.1126/science.aax6620, Institutional Repository
Ishikawa, A.; Kabeya, N.; Ikeya, K.; Kakioka, R.; Cech, J. N.; Osada, N.; Leal, M. C.; Inoue, J.; Kume, M.; Toyoda, A.; Tezuka, A.; Nagano, A. J.; Yamasaki, Y. Y.; Suzuki, Y.; Kokita, T.; Takahashi, H.; Lucek, K.; Marques, D.; Takehana, Y.; Naruse, K.; Mori, S.; Monroig, O.; Ladd, N.; Schubert, C. J.; Matthews, B.; Peichel, C. L.; Seehausen, O.; Yoshizaki, G.; Kitano, J. (2019) A key metabolic gene for recurrent freshwater colonization and radiation in fishes, Science, 364(6443), 886-889, doi:10.1126/science.aau5656, Institutional Repository
Marques, D. A.; Lucek, K.; Sousa, V. C.; Excoffier, L.; Seehausen, O. (2019) Admixture between old lineages facilitated contemporary ecological speciation in Lake Constance stickleback, Nature Communications, 10(1), 4240 (14 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12182-w, Institutional Repository
Rodríguez-Verdugo, A.; Vulin, C.; Ackermann, M. (2019) The rate of environmental fluctuations shapes ecological dynamics in a two-species microbial system, Ecology Letters, 22(5), 838-846, doi:10.1111/ele.13241, Institutional Repository
Stravs, M. A.; Pomati, F.; Hollender, J. (2019) Biodiversity drives micropollutant biotransformation in freshwater phytoplankton assemblages, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(8), 4265-4273, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b07018, Institutional Repository
To the library
Altermatt, F.; Alther, R.; Fišer, C.; Švara, V. (2019) Amphipoda (Flohkrebse) der Schweiz. Checkliste, Bestimmung und Atlas, 389 p, Institutional Repository
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