WasserCluster Lunz

Our inter-university center for the study of aquatic ecosystems will be at the Research Festival of Lower Austria on 30 September 22, alongside other 70 research stations at the Palais Niederösterreich, Vienna. Come to marvel, try and discover at our two booths around the topic of brooks starting at 2 pm at Herrengasse 13, in the foyer on the right.

What is tea doing in the brook?
Of course, there is no tea in the brook. But when leaves fall into the water, organic substances dissolve from the leaves in a similar way to tea boiling. These substances promote the growth of bacteria in the stream, which consumes oxygen and produces carbon dioxide. At WasserCluster Lunz, researchers are investigating how this affects the metabolic balance of streams.

What happens to the leaves in the stream?
Huge amounts of leaves enter our streams every year in autumn. But what happens to them? First, they are colonized by fungi and bacteria. Then water-living insect larvae and small crustaceans come and nibble on the leaves. At WasserCluster Lunz, research is being conducted into how all this is connected to the biodiversity of stream organisms.

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