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.

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December 3, 2018

Amphipods in Swiss waters are exposed to insecticides, pharmaceutical residues and other trace substances, and accumulate these in their bodies. However, when water-treatment plants are upgraded, practically no trace substances are found in these organisms according to a new study carried out by Eawag researchers. Read more

November 8, 2018

It is common among many species for individuals to move around during their lifetime in order to settle in better adapted habitats, a process known as dispersion by ecologists. In order to improve scientific predictions of the future of biodiversity in the face of global changes it is very important to understand the mechanisms of dispersion. Read more

Scientific publications

Vorburger, C.; Perlman, S. J. (2018) The role of defensive symbionts in host-parasite coevolution, Biological Reviews, 93(4), 1747-1764, doi:10.1111/brv.12417, Institutional Repository
Doenz, C. J.; Bittner, D.; Vonlanthen, P.; Wagner, C. E.; Seehausen, O. (2018) Rapid buildup of sympatric species diversity in Alpine whitefish, Ecology and Evolution, 8(18), 9398-9412, doi:10.1002/ece3.4375, 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