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.


December 5, 2019

The lakes of East Africa are home to a surprising number of different cichlid species. This level of biodiversity has developed partly due to hybrids that managed to take over new ecological niches in their habitats, according to recent research carried out by scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag, and the University of Bern.

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December 2, 2019

Invertebrates on the beds of water bodies are observed closely, for they serve as indicators for the ecological status of running waters. A new Swiss-wide study by the aquatic research institute Eawag shows which species are especially good indicators, and how the monitoring and management of surface waters can be further improved.

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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