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There is always something going on at WasserCluster Lunz. This also shows the Annual Report 2019.

Find out more about ongoing projects, published papers and involved people.

Enjoy reading!

Here the links:
Annual Report 2019
Further Annual Reports

In Januar 2020 Dunja Lukic successfully defended her PhD-thesis with the title "Trophicecology and phylogeographyof fairy shrimps (Anostraca), key species of temporary waters" under Supervision from Robert Ptacnik (AG AQUASCALE).


The first publication with data from the new GC-IRMS could now be published together with our Finnish colleagues (see article "Tracing the fate of microplastic carbon in the aquatic food web by compound-specific isotope analysis" in NATURE Scientific Reports). Using isotope markings, it was found that microplastics in water become an integral part of cell membranes in animals through microbial processing.

Gabriele Weigelhofer gave a lecture about "Comparing headwaters' and floodplains' nutrient and organic matter cycling" at the Boku on 16 Dez 2019 and has been recommended for habilitation.

Our congratulations!

Hier ein Themenüberblick:

- Die wissenschaftlichen Wellenklänge
- Wissen schaf[f]t Zukunft Preis
- DACH Projekt (FWF-DFG) "AquaTerr"
- Vjosë: Refugium bedrohter Arten
- Transnational Access 2019

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In November 2019 Magdalena Senitza finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "Effects of desiccation on heterotrophic microorganisms in benthic sediments in intermittent streams" under Supervision from Gabriele Weigelhofer (AG BIGER).


During her Master thesis, which won now the "Wissenschaf[f]t Zukunft" Award 2019 from NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H., Lena Campostrini worked with experimental flumes at WasserCluster Lunz to study the effects of increasing inputs of dissolved organic material (DOM) in aquatic ecosystems.

On the one hand, the award-winning project aimed to investigate the influence of agriculture on the quantity and quality of dissolved organic carbon in rivers, and on the other hand to show the effects of these inputs on aquatic carbon cycles in river ecosystems based on microbial biofilms.

Foto © Klaus Ranger