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.


June 3, 2019

Since the last ice age, stickleback have managed to emerge from the sea to colonise many freshwater waterbodies. Genetic analysis by Eawag researchers and colleagues from the University of Bern and the National Institute of Genetics in Shizuoka, Japan, now demonstrate that they achieved this thanks to additional copies of a metabolism gene. Read more

May 29, 2019

Climate change will also have an effect on the surface waters and aquatic ecosystems of Switzerland. The extent of this effect has now been examined by Eawag researchers in a synthesis report commissioned by FOEN. All in all, it will be possible to maintain the high quality of Swiss waters through management and adaptation, however, this will entail higher costs, say the authors of the report. Read more

Scientific publications

Marques, D. A.; Meier, J. I.; Seehausen, O. (2019) A combinatorial view on speciation and adaptive radiation, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2019.02.008, Institutional Repository
Mansfeldt, C.; Achermann, S.; Men, Y.; Walser, J.-C.; Villez, K.; Joss, A.; Johnson, D. R.; Fenner, K. (2019) Microbial residence time is a controlling parameter of the taxonomic composition and functional profile of microbial communities, ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0371-6, Institutional Repository
Fontana, S.; Thomas, M. K.; Reyes, M.; Pomati, F. (2019) Light limitation increases multidimensional trait evenness in phytoplankton populations, ISME Journal, 13, 1159-1167, doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0320-9, Institutional Repository
Lange, K.; Bruder, A.; Matthaei, C. D.; Brodersen, J.; Paterson, R. A. (2018) Multiple-stressor effects on freshwater fish: importance of taxonomy and life stage, Fish and Fisheries, 19(6), 974-983, doi:10.1111/faf.12305, Institutional Repository
Carraro, L.; Hartikainen, H.; Jokela, J.; Bertuzzo, E.; Rinaldo, A. (2018) Estimating species distribution and abundance in river networks using environmental DNA, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 115(46), 11724-11729, doi:10.1073/pnas.1813843115, 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