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Impressions from a mesokosmos of control from the injection sequence test
Source: UBA

Actual projects

  • Indirect effects from pulses of fungicide and herbicide mixtures on aquatic invertebrates
    Part I:   Effects on the benthic community and emergence pattern of merolimnic insects (Master thesis Katharina Loersch, University Koblenz-Landau; 2016-2017)
    Part II:  Effects in the food web structure and fitness of the benthic omnivore Gammarus roeselii (Master thesis Bastian Bayer in cooperation with Dr. C. Winkelmann and Dr. J. Zubrod, University Koblenz-Landau; 2016-2017)
    Part III: Effects on leaf litter degradation and fungal colonisation success on alder leaf disks and (in cooperation with Dr. J. Zubrod, University Koblenz-Landau; 2016-2017)
  • Fate of the pharmaceutical metformin in an outdoor aquatic stream mesocosm (in cooperation with IGB, Uni Bayreuth,Universität Stockholm, TU Berlin; 2016-2017)
  • Preliminary study on the fragmentation behavior of plastics under wave stress in a stream mesocosm (In cooperation with University Osnabrück; 2015- 2018)
  • Effects of an auxin on several dicotyledonous macrophytes (comparison multispecies test vs. mecoscosm study; 2017).
  • Suitability and limits of passive samplers for the use in chemical water monitoring programs (2017-2020)

Latest publications

  • Talk, A., Kublik, S., Uksa, M., Engel, M., Berghahn, R., Welzl, G., Schloter, M., Mohr, S.: Effects of multiple but low pesticide loads on fungal communities in aquatic mesocosms. In: Journal of Environmental Sciences 46 (2016), 116-125.
  • von Elert, E., Preuss, K., Fink, P.: Infodisruption of inducible anti-predator defenses through commercial insect repellents? In: Environmental Pollution 210, 18-26. (extra-mural)
  • Koester, M., Bayer, B., Gergs, R.: Is Dikerogammarus villosus (Crustacea, Gammaridae) a 'killer shrimp' in the River Rhine system? In: Hydrobiologia 768 (2016), 299-313.
  • Schäfer, R. B., Kühn, B., Malaj, E., König, A., Gergs, R.: Contribution of organic toxicants to multiple stress in river ecosystems. In: Freshwater Biology 61 (2016), 2116-2128.
  • Taupp, T., Hellmann, C., Gergs, R., Winkelmann, C., Wetzel, M. A.: Life under exceptional conditions - Iso-topic niches of benthic invertebrates in the estuarine maximum turbidity zone. In: Estuaries and Coasts (2016), doi:10.1007/s12237-016-0163-4.
  • Daehne, D., Fürle, C., Thomsen, A., Watermann, B., Feibicke, M.: Antifouling biocides in German marinas - exposure, assessment, and calculation of national consumption and emission. In: IEAM accepted.
  • Fink, P., Moelzner, J., Berghahn, R., von Elert, E.: Do insect repellents induce drift behaviour in aquatic non-target organisms? In: Water Research 108 (2017), 32-38.

Documentary Art Film about the FSA

The artist Anne Rinn was inspired by the FSA and initiated the art project „Keep your boots muddy“, which comprised drawings on the wall, a documentary art film and space installations. The works were shown in the exhibition hall of the German Federal Environment Agency in Berlin (Bismarkplatz) from November 2010 to January 2011. 

Source: Anne Rinn

Anne Rinn: Keep your boots muddy