Press release

Breakthrough for conservation and aquaculture: genetic sex marker in sturgeon discovered

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Citizen Science

Join in! Project on light pollution seeks supporters

Photo: AuBe/Sophia Dehn
Press release

The disease pyramid: environment, pathogen, individual and microbiome

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IGB Policy Brief

Putting the Water Framework Directive to the test

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Research for the future of our freshwaters

 Our profile

Our vision is the understanding of processes that shape the structure and functioning of water bodies and their biota. Our research findings help to predict responses to environmental change and to develop measures conductive to sustainable water management.

IGB is Germany’s largest and one of the leading international research centres for freshwaters. Here, hydrologists, biogeochemists, physicists, microbiologists, evolutionary ecologists, fish ecologists and fisheries biologists from all over the world are working under one roof.

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Large predatory fish have difficulties to adjust after stocking

Robert Arlinghaus' team has studied two predatory fish species, northern pike and European catfish, to determine whether the behavior and fitness of translocated fish differs from the behavior and fitness of the resident conspecifics.
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Citizen Science project honoured

Our project "Species protection through environmentally friendly lighting" (AuBe) is particularly committed to the conservation of biological diversity. Now it has been awarded as an official project of the UN Decade of Biodiversity.

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IGB Annual Research Report 2019

This annual research report spotlights our research results on freshwater biodiversity, greenhouse gases in inland waters, water in the landscape, and protection and use of freshwaters, as well as the most important developments at IGB in 2019 – in short: one year of freshwater research.

Outlines | IGB Policy Brief: Strengths and weaknesses of the Water Framework Directive (WFD)

The IGB Policy Brief recommends continued commitment to the objectives of the WFD and improved practical implementation – and offers options for action to policy makers and practitioners.

Selected Publications

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November 2020
Microbial Ecology. - 80(2020)1, S. 243–247

Long-Read Amplicon Sequencing of Nitric Oxide Dismutase (nod) Genes Reveal Diverse Oxygenic Denitrifiers in Agricultural Soils and Lake Sediments

Baoli Zhu; Zhe Wang; Dheeraj Kanaparthi; Susanne Kublik; Tida Ge; Peter Casper; Michael Schloter & Tillmann Lueders

This study indicates that nod-gene-targeted long-read sequencing can be a powerful tool for studying the ecology of oxygenic denitrifiers, and the results also suggest that oxygenic these novel microbes are prevalent and abundant in different terrestrial samples, where they could play an important, but yet overlooked role in nitrogen transformations.

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November 2020
Environmental modelling & software. - 133(2020)November, 104852

Performance of one-dimensional hydrodynamic lake models during short-term extreme weather events

J.P. Mesman; A.I. Ayala; R. Adrian; E. De Eytoe; M.A. Frassl; S.Goyette; J.Kasparian; M. Perroud; J.A.A. Stelzer; D.C. Pierson; B.W. Ibelings

Three 1D lake models reproduced the overall impacts of storms and heatwaves well. The timing of effects was simulated accurately. Uncertainty in simulations increased during extremes compared to reference periods. Increased uncertainty should be kept in mind when applying models to extreme events.

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November 2020
Aquatic Toxicology. - 226(2020)September, 105584

Can parasites adapt to pollutants? A multigenerational experiment with a Daphnia × Metschnikowia model system exposed to the fungicide tebuconazole

Ana P. Cuco; Justyna Wolinska; Joana I. Santos; Nelson Abrantes; Fernando J.M. Gonçalves; Bruno B. Castro

A Daphnia-parasite system was used to assess long term effects of fungicide pollution. Parasitic yeast lineages were reared in the absence/presence of tebuconazole (TEB). Multigenerational exposure to TEB caused transient phenotypic costs in the parasite. Parasitic yeast M. bicuspidata showed no potential for rapid evolution to TEB.

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November 2020
Biological Conservation. - 251(2020) art. 108764

On the conservation value of historic canals for aquatic ecosystems

Hsien-Yung Lin; Steven J. Cooke; Christian Wolter; Nathan Young; Joseph R. Bennett

The authors reviewed ecological studies in historic canal systems, examined the potential of historic canals to contribute to aquatic biodiversity conservation, and provided suggestions to promote biodiversity conservation given the opportunities and challenges in canal management (e.g., nature conservation vs historic preservation).

Biological Reviews
November 2020
Biological Reviews. - 95(2020)6, S. 1511-1534

Scientists' warning on invasive alien species

Petr Pyšek; Philip E. Hulme; Dan Simberloff; Sven Bacher; Tim M. Blackburn; James T. Carlton; Wayne Dawson; Franz Essl; Llewellyn C. Foxcroft; Piero Genovesi; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Ingolf Kühn; Andrew M. Liebhold; Nicholas E. Mandrak; Laura A. Meyerson; Aníbal Pauchard; Jan Pergl; Helen E. Roy; Hanno Seebens; Mark van Kleunen; Montserrat Vilà; Michael J. Wingfield and David M. Richardson

Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species. More effort is needed to prevent, detect and control invasive alien species – this is emphasized by researchers from 13 countries.

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Fellowship Programme

'Freshwater Science'

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