Category Archives: Research

How algae and fungi team up to nourish aquatic invertebrates

Figure for how algae and fungi team up to nourish aquatic invertebrates

In this blog post, Alexander Feckler and his colleagues explore the role of autochthonous primary production for the quality of microbially-colonized leaf material as food in heterotrophic food web in headwater streams. Despite reduced autochthonous primary production in shaded headwater streams, this study indicated a potential for enhanced secondary production and energy transfer to higher trophic levels within the aquatic ecosystem due to so-called “algal priming”.

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Residues of helicopter applied pesticides in and around vineyards at the river Mosel

Members of the Ecotoxicology and Community Ecology team sample soil and vegetation from the slopes of the river Mosel

In this blog post, Lorenz Witt and Ken Mauser provide some background on an excursion to the Mosel Valley. Their objective was to investigate the exposure of terrestrial non-target ecosystems to pesticides, potentially threatening the remaining habitat of a critically endangered butterfly species.

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Task force to assess the ecotoxicological consequences for the aquatic environment of sugarcane monocultures in Brazil 

In this blog post, Dr. Laís Silva talks about the latest published article from the major project she took part in during her doctorate in Brazil, which so far has 42 related scientific articles.

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Does the aging of nanoparticles modulate the ecotoxicity of metals?

Multigenerational dietary exposure study design 

In this blog post, Rajdeep Roy and his colleagues address the impacts of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nTiO2)-aging on the ecotoxicity of metals. This is done by employing acute waterborne and multigenerational dietary exposures. 

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Spiders as key predators of aquatic prey

In this blogpost, Eric and his research group explore the key role of spiders in riparian ecosystems. Analyzing a substantial stable isotope dataset, this study uncovers nuanced patterns of aquatic insect consumption by spiders, considering hunting modes, habitat specializations and seasonal variations. 

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Highlights of 2023 (Part 2)

In this second and final installment of the ‘Highlights of 2023’ series, we give our readers a glance of another 3 most visited posts in this year. 

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