Freshwater Ecosystems

Freshwater ecosystems offer an especially rich diversity of habitat conditions, plants and animal species. Whether forest ponds, mountain rivers or large lakes – the role of interactions between organisms that live there differ according to the type of water body involved. We explore these complex processes and interactions, including primary production, evolution, food webs, and interactions between parasites and their host.

However, ecosystems are not only habitats – humans also use them for resources, and they are being influenced and shaped by us to an ever-greater extent. For this reason, we consider humans and ecosystems within an integrated approach, rather than in isolation. For which services do we use ecosystems, and how can these be quantified? We hope that answers to questions such as these will give us a deeper understanding of ecosystems and what they signify to humans.

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Foundation of the "Alliance for Freshwater Life"

Experts from all over the world have developed the basis for a global network for improving research, protection and public outreach in the field of freshwater biodiversity.

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Herbivory-periphyton interaction

Synergistisc effects of periphyton shading and herbivory on macrophytes
Contact person
Sabine Hilt
Department
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
Start
12/2016
End
11/2017
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