In this series of posts, we present you some of the equipment and facilities we use to assess the fate and environmental impacts of chemical stressors. This time: The Landau Stream Mesocosm Facility.
Large-scale experiments give us a more realistic idea of pesticide toxicity than single-species tests. Mesocosm studies for example simulate natural ecosystems and can include several trophic levels, which help us to detect both direct and indirect pesticide effects. However, large scale means large workload. In the scope of my master thesis I set up and performed a mesocosm experiment at the National Wildlife Research Center in Ottawa, Canada. Follow me through my 10 steps of set-up.
In this new series of posts we present you some of the equipment and facilities we use to assess the fate and environmental impacts of chemical stressors. This time Sandra Kurtz, Dr.-Ing. George, and Prof. Dr. Schaumann present the Laboratory floodplain mesocosm system.
In this post, Anna Kästel and Stefanie Allgeier talk about our recently finished outdoor mesocosm study dealing with the potential effects of Bacillus thurinigiensis israelensis (Bti) application on an exemplary wetland ecosystem. Continue reading
For the “Applied Module at External Organizations” (AMEO) the 2nd semester Ecotox students complete an eight-week internship, either performed at an external university, governmental or industrial research institute to apply the competences achieved during their study. Several students used this opportunity to explore new places in Germany, others went out into the big, wide world. This time, Elena Adams tells us about her internship at Bayer CropScience in Monheim, Germany.
Last Thursday, Malu Dreyer, the Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, visited the Campus Landau.