Efficacy of advanced wastewater treatment

New publication: Integrated evaluation concept to assess the efficacy of advanced wastewater treatment processes

In cooperation with several partners, a multidisciplinary concept was developed for assessing the efficacy of advanced wastewater treatment methods for removal of micropollutants. This concept integrates (1) chemical parameters (the removal of selected indicator substances and the formation of transformation products), (2) ecotoxicological parameters (the assessment of ecotoxicity using in vitro tests), and (3) microbiological […]

First complete species list and Red List of earthworms in Germany

Soil is an essential component of terrestrial ecosystems and fulfils many important functions being the natural basis of life, habitat, an integral part of water and nutrient cycling, and having a filter function for the protection of groundwater. Earthworms contribute very effectively to the breakdown of organic matter in soil

New publication: Effects of oxidized Carbo-Iron on the amphipod Hyalella azteca

For in situ remediation of groundwater contaminated by halogenated hydrocarbons Carbo-Iron®, a composite of microscale activated carbon and nano Fe0, was developed. Against the background of the intended release of Carbo-Iron into the environment in concentrations in the g/L-range, potential ecotoxicological consequences were evaluated in the present study

ECT at the EUROSOIL 2016 congress

ECT contributes to the 5th EUROSOIL Congress (Istanbul, Turkey, 16-21 October 2016):

J. Römbke, J.-J. Ortega-Calvo, J. Harmsen, J.R. Parsons, K.T. Semple: From bioavailability science to regulation of organic chemicals – the role of biological methods. (Platform presentation)

New publication: Extended plant tests for the environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals

Residues of veterinary pharmaceuticals enter the environment via application of manure onto agricultural land, where particularly antibiotics can cause phytotoxicity. Terrestrial plant tests according to OECD test guideline 208 are part of the environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals. However, this standard approach might not be appropriate for veterinary medicinal products forming non-extractable residues or transformation products in manure and manure-amended soil. To assess such products, a new test design including a more realistic exposure scenario via manure application is needed.

ECT at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

The 46th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (‘150 Years of ecology – lessons for the future’) is taking place in Marburg, Germany from 05 to 09 September 2016. ECT contributes with the following presentations:

S. Jänsch, J. Römbke, A. Scheffczyk, R.M. Schmelz, U. Burkhardt, A. Toschki: The Edaphobase nationwide field monitoring – a survey of soil oligochaete (Lumbricidae, Enchytraeidae) assemblages in different habitat types in Germany

ECT at International Colloquium on Soil Zoology

The XVII International Colloquium on Soil Zoology takes place in Nara, Japan on 22-26 August 2016. ECT is contributing with the following presentations:

C. Bandow, P. Lorenz, T. Natal-da-Luz, R. Schmelz, J.P. Sousa, J. Römbke: Effects of a combination of soil moisture levels and an insecticide on invertebrates (Oligochaeta, Arthropoda) and their feeding rate in Terrestrial Model Ecosystems (TME)