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Aquatic life underground

Groundwater is also an ecosystem, but little is known about the biodiversity underground. Eawag researchers have now documented the diversity of life in Swiss groundwater in a pilot study – and discovered previously unknown species of amphipods in the process. Here they relied on a citizen science approach. Read more

Foto: Nicole Bongni

Microbial biodiversity has a new dimension

Foto: Yinyin Ma, ETH Zürich, Eawag

Microbes self-organise to grow into fascinating and complex patterns. The diversity of these patterns depends on a previously unknown factor, as researchers at Eawag have discovered. This might re-define how we view the concept of microbial biodiversity.
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Detoxifiers from the landfill in India

Foto: Avinash Kumar für Unsplash

Bacteria from an Indian landfill could help eliminate contaminated chemicals. The focus is on pesticides such as lindane or brominated flame retardants. Researchers at Eawag and Empa used these bacteria to generate enzymes that can break down these dangerous chemicals. Read more

Research projects on the Zambezi River in  Africa

Foto: R. Scott Winton

Project 1: The waters of the Zambezi: time to act. Read more
Project 2: When hydropower plants emit carbon dioxide. Read more

Protection and promotion of native crayfish

Foto: Christoph Vorburger

Formerly widespread, native crayfish in Switzerland are now highly endangered. With support from Eawag, experts are doing everything they can to preserve the secretive river dwellers. Read more

Eawag test with fish cells replaces animal experiments
The OECD gives the green light to the fish cell line assay developed at Eawag. This paves the way for companies and authorities around the world to determine the environmental toxicology of chemicals without having to resort to animal testing. Watch the video to learn how the fish cell line test works. You can find more information in our news article.

Foto: Eawag/Alessandro Della Bella

FLUX is ready - festive handover of keys to the new Eawag building
At the end of June, around 25 guests were able to witness live - and in keeping with Corona- how the large silver key to the new Eawag building symbolically changed hands. Read more

Foto: NEST Empa Eawag

Visit the Water Hub virtually
In the Water Hub, our scientists are researching sustainable and decentralised wastewater treatment. Here, wastewater is not regarded as waste, but as a resource. Now the research platform in NEST can be visited virtually at any time. Read more

Foto: Markus Thoenen, iStock

Researchers as bridge builders in water policy
From flood protection and drinking water supply to the revitalisation of water bodies and hydropower production – water policy in Switzerland takes place in a wide variety of sectors. Science plays an important role as a bridge builder between the camps. Read more

Foto: Anke Schäfer/Oekotoxzentrum

Benoit Ferrari new director at the Ecotox Centre, with Etienne Vermeirssen as deputy director
On July 1, Benoit Ferrari will permanently take over as director of the Ecotox Centre, which he has already led ad interim for the past two years. He will be supported by Etienne Vermeirssen, group leader of Aquatic Ecotoxicology, as deputy director. Read more

August 26, 2021, 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Schweizer Forum für nachhaltige Entwicklung, online

September 22, 2021, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

In our Agenda you will find further events of Eawag.

The booklet gives information on latest projects, findings and events and also background knowledge in ecotoxicology (in German and French).

Ein Modul der Vollzugshilfe Umweltschutz in der Landwirtschaft. 
Report of the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN (in German and French)

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