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25 Years SETAC GLB and 30 Years of GDCh

The aim of the series is to provide an overview of the current state of ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry in German-speaking countries as well as the main developments and topics of the SETAC Europe -  German Language Branch and GDCh.

Deadline: 31st May 2024

Lead Guest Editor:
Henner Hollert, Goethe University Frankfurt
Guest Editors:
Peter Ebke, Mesocosm GMBH
Lars Düster, Federal Hydrological Institute (BFG)
Marion Junghans, ETH Zürich EAWAG / Ecotox Centre
Stefan Hahn, ITEM Fraunhofer

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  1. There is a long history in environmental sciences to investigate and understand the fate of chemicals in the environment. For pesticides, this has led to systematic assessments of compounds by both academic an...

    Authors: Martin Brüggemann, Simon Mayer, David Brown, Adrian Terry, Julian Rüdiger and Thorsten Hoffmann
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:39
  2. SETAC has a long-standing history of supporting students and early career scientists in the fields of ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. The Student Advisory Council (SAC) advocates for the diverse int...

    Authors: Markus Schmitz, Frederik Meyer, Sophie Oster, Tobias Schmitt, Carolina P. Rocha, Bidemi Green-Ojo, Bianca Dechent, Huiting Liu, Marius Schmitt, Micha Wehrli, Kristi Weighman and Andreas N. M. Eriksson
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:37
  3. The accumulation of trace elements in mosses is used as an indirect measure of atmospheric deposition and an important complement to the techniques used to monitor the Geneva Air Pollution Convention. The aim ...

    Authors: Winfried Schröder, Stefan Nickel, Annekatrin Dreyer and Barbara Völksen
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:34
  4. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum, non-selective systemic herbicide with a commonly assumed low potential for accumulation in biota. Nevertheless, glyphosate has been shown to bioaccumulate in the tissues of seve...

    Authors: Victoria Drechsel, Stefanie Krais, Katharina Peschke, Michael Ziegler, Heinz-R. Köhler and Rita Triebskorn
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:30
  5. Air pollution is a major health concern in worldwide. Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) are precursors of secondary air pollutants, with road transport being responsible of ~ 90% for the EU-27’s ...

    Authors: Christian Ferrarese, Jacopo Franzetti, Tommaso Selleri and Ricardo Suarez-Bertoa
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:27
  6. Glyphosate (GLY), the most widely used herbicide active ingredient (AI) in the world, is frequently detected in aquatic environments where it can affect non-target organisms. Globally, more than 2000 commercia...

    Authors: Szandra Klátyik, Gergely Simon, Marianna Oláh, Eszter Takács, Robin Mesnage, Michael N. Antoniou, Johann G. Zaller and András Székács
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:22
  7. The primary task of the BERN database is to document reference data on typical site parameters for the occurrence of plant communities in which their diagnostic species are in competitive equilibrium with each...

    Authors: Angela Schlutow, Philipp Kraft, Thomas Scheuschner, Mark Schlutow and Winfried Schröder
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:14
  8. Many aquatic insects emerge as adults from water bodies to complete parts of their life cycle in terrestrial ecosystems and are potential prey for riparian predators. The benefits of riparian predators from aq...

    Authors: Katharina Ohler, Verena C. Schreiner, Lukas Reinhard, Moritz Link, Matthias Liess, Werner Brack and Ralf B. Schäfer
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:10
  9. Pelargonic acid is a non-selective herbicide derived from natural sources with a range of potential applications in areas where synthetic herbicides may be less acceptable. One such use area is weed control on...

    Authors: Thomas Poiger, Joanna Müller, Roy Kasteel and Ignaz J. Buerge
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:4
  10. For market approval of genetically modified plants (GMPs), the evaluation of agronomic and phenotypic plant traits is a standard requirement and part of the comparative assessment of the GMP and its convention...

    Authors: Dolezel Marion, Miklau Marianne, Heissenberger Andreas and Otto Mathias
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2024 36:3
  11. In this study, we present a screening method based on molecular absorption spectrometry to study PFAS uptake and fate in plants. To evaluate the suitability of this method we analyzed plant extracts with molec...

    Authors: Lennart Gehrenkemper, Isabel Rühl, Tanja Westphalen, Fabian Simon, Marcus von der Au, Antje Cossmer and Björn Meermann
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:104
  12. The decline of insect abundance and richness has been documented for decades and has received increased attention in recent years. In 2017, a study by Hallmann and colleagues on insect biomasses in German natu...

    Authors: Sebastian Köthe, Nikita Bakanov, Carsten A. Brühl, Lisa Eichler, Thomas Fickel, Birgit Gemeinholzer, Thomas Hörren, Aleksandra Jurewicz, Alexandra Lux, Gotthard Meinel, Roland Mühlethaler, Livia Schäffler, Christoph Scherber, Florian D. Schneider, Martin Sorg, Stephanie J. Swenson…
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:102
  13. The so-called EPT taxa have been shown to be highly sensitive to various environmental pollutants. However, there are only few published studies on toxicity testing with EPT representatives and there is a part...

    Authors: Kirsten Germing, Steve U. Ayobahan, Hannes Reinwald, Maria Vogt, Benedikt Ringbeck, Bernd Göckener, Elke Eilebrecht, Lena Kosak and Sebastian Eilebrecht
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:100
  14. Many studies have investigated short-term peak concentrations of pesticides in surface waters resulting from agricultural uses. However, we lack information to what extent pesticides reoccur over medium (> 4 d...

    Authors: Larissa Z. Herrmann, Sascha Bub, Jakob Wolfram, Sebastian Stehle, Lara L. Petschick and Ralf Schulz
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:90
  15. Freshwater ecosystem degradation and biodiversity decline are strongly associated with intensive agricultural practices. Simultaneously occurring agricultural stressors can interact in complex ways, preventing...

    Authors: Marie V. Brasseur, Dominik Buchner, Leoni Mack, Verena C. Schreiner, Ralf B. Schäfer, Florian Leese and Christoph Mayer
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:81
  16. Beyond climate change, the planet faces several other environmental challenges that are at least as threatening, such as the loss of biodiversity. In each case, the problems are driven by similar factors, such...

    Authors: Felix Ekardt, Philipp Günther, Katharina Hagemann, Beatrice Garske, Katharine Heyl and Raphael Weyland
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:80
  17. Disinfectants and preservatives used as biocides may contain or release active substances (a.s.) that can form by-products with the surrounding matrices during their application which may be released into the ...

    Authors: Muhammad Usman, Michael Hüben, Stefan Hahn, Stefanie Wieck, Anja Kehrer-Berger, Volker Linnemann and Thomas Wintgens
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:77
  18. Misinformation has always existed, but it became a major preoccupation during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its ability to affect public health choices, decisions, and policy. In their article, “Misinformation ...

    Authors: Michael N. Antoniou, Claire Robinson, Irina Castro and Angelika Hilbeck
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:76
  19. Information on transformation and persistence of chemical substances in the environment is important for hazard and risk assessment within a regulatory context or as a decision criterion in a safe and sustaina...

    Authors: Silvia Berkner and Ute Brandt
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:72
  20. The aim of environmental risk assessment (ERA) for pesticides is to protect ecosystems by ensuring that specific protection goals (SPGs) are met. The ERA follows a prospective tiered approach, starting with th...

    Authors: Duquesne Sabine, Brendel Stephan, Hönemann Linda, Konschak Marco, Solé Magali, Wogram Joern and Pieper Silvia
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:70
  21. Fungicides are frequently used in agriculture and can enter freshwater ecosystems through multiple pathways. The negative impacts of fungicides on microorganisms, fungi in particular, and their functions such ...

    Authors: Romana K. Salis, Verena C. Schreiner, Andrey Rozenberg, Katharina Ohler, Patrick Baudy-Groh, Ralf B. Schäfer and Florian Leese
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:62
  22. The default values in the models used for environmental risk assessment are mostly more than a decade old. Market developments, structural and legal changes lead to adaptions of animal husbandry and manure man...

    Authors: Julia Steinhoff-Wagner, Rafael Hernán Mateus-Vargas, Ruth Haupt and Céline Heinemann
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:57
  23. Exposure to pesticides may cause adaptation not only in agricultural pests and pathogens, but also in non-target organisms. Previous studies mainly searched for adaptations in non-target organisms in pesticide...

    Authors: Anke Schneeweiss, Verena C. Schreiner, Matthias Liess, Nina Röder, Klaus Schwenk and Ralf B. Schäfer
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:41
  24. Lately scientific and societal concern has emerged about persistent (P), mobile (M) and toxic (T) chemicals. Such chemicals, like some polyfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs), are of concern due to their high mobility a...

    Authors: Julia Hartmann, Emiel Rorije, Pim N. H. Wassenaar and Eric Verbruggen
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:40
  25. Several large-scale studies revealed impacts and risks for aquatic communities of small rural lakes and streams due to pesticides in agricultural landscapes. It appears that pesticide risk assessment based on ...

    Authors: Silvia Mohr, Stefan Meinecke, Michael Feibicke, Sabine Duquesne, Tobias Frische and René Sahm
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:35
  26. For more than 20 years, restoration measures have been conducted on watercourses in Germany to increase habitat diversity and thus promote biodiversity. However, their ecological efficacy often proved to be li...

    Authors: Denise Jasmin Brettschneider, Taschina Spring, Moritz Blumer, Lukas Welge, Andrea Dombrowski, Ulrike Schulte-Oehlmann, Andrea Sundermann, Matthias Oetken and Jörg Oehlmann
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:31
  27. New genomic techniques (NGTs) allow new genotypes and traits to be developed in different ways and with different outcomes compared to previous genetic engineering methods or conventional breeding (including n...

    Authors: Franziska Koller, Meike Schulz, Matthias Juhas, Andreas Bauer-Panskus and Christoph Then
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:27
  28. Stone wool is an inorganic mineral insulation material increasingly used to reduce the climate impact of buildings. The acute and chronic ecotoxicological potential of stone wool eluates have been studied in a...

    Authors: Esther Smollich, Eberhard Döbbeler, Tina Müller-Geipel, Lars Stratmann, Christoph Koch, Valentina I. Merkus, Kathrin Kostka, Denis V. Okhrimenko, Mette Solvang, Milen Nachev, Sonja Zimmermann, Torsten C. Schmidt and Bernd Sures
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:24
  29. Insecticides are applied on a large scale in the environment to control the oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) for the protection of human health. Drift of the insecticides to non-target areas is ...

    Authors: Tina Langkamp-Wedde, Dirk Rautmann, Dieter von Hörsten, Jan-Uwe Niemann and Jens Karl Wegener
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:23
  30. The EU Commission published on the 26th of October 2022 its proposal for amending three central water management Directives, the Water Framework Directive, the Groundwater Directive, and the Directive on Envir...

    Authors: Thomas Backhaus
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:22
  31. Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) have received increasing scientific and political attention in recent years. Several thousand commercially produced compounds are used in numerous products and ...

    Authors: Hubertus Brunn, Gottfried Arnold, Wolfgang Körner, Gerd Rippen, Klaus Günter Steinhäuser and Ingo Valentin
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:20

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  32. Laboratory tests and column tests were carried out in a waterwoks to investigate the removal of short- and long-chain PFAS using activated carbon filtration and ion exchange treatment. For all adsorbents, the ...

    Authors: Marcel Riegel, Brigitte Haist-Gulde and Frank Sacher
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:12
  33. Replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives is essential for a toxic-free environment. To avoid regrettable substitution, a comparison of the entire spectrum of potential impacts of the candidate for...

    Authors: Monika Nendza, Stefan Hahn, Michael Klein, Ursula Klaschka and Silke Gabbert
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:11
  34. The release of hazardous compounds from construction products can harm human health and the environment. To improve the sustainability of construction materials, the leaching of substances from construction pr...

    Authors: Ines Heisterkamp, Stefan Gartiser, Ute Schoknecht, Oliver Happel, Ute Kalbe, Martina Kretzschmar and Outi Ilvonen
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:7
  35. Large numbers of chemicals and products thereof are used in our daily routine to ensure a good quality of life. Substances may even serve as raw materials to produce daily life articles including electronic ha...

    Authors: Laura H. Lütjens, Sascha Pawlowski, Maurizio Silvani, Uwe Blumenstein and Ingo Richter
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2023 35:2
  36. Agriculture, the world’s most dominant land use type, burdens freshwater biodiversity with a multitude of stressors such as diffuse pollution and hydromorphological alteration. However, it is difficult to dire...

    Authors: Christian Schürings, Christian K. Feld, Jochem Kail and Daniel Hering
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:124
  37. Advanced/innovative materials are an undefined group of nano- and micro-particles encompassing diverse material compositions, structures and combinations. Due to their unique properties that enable specific fu...

    Authors: Kerstin Hund-Rinke, Dirk Broßell, Sebastian Eilebrecht, Karsten Schlich, Ruben Schlinkert, Tim Steska, Carmen Wolf and Dana Kühnel
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:116
  38. In Morocco, fish is an important protein source especially, even not exclusively, for coastal communities and marketed fresh all along the coastline. One of the main targets of coastal artisanal fisheries is t...

    Authors: Ulrike Kammann, Jan-Dag Pohlmann, Fatima Wariaghli, Hajar Bourassi, Klara Regelsberger, Ahmed Yahyaoui and Reinhold Hanel
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:114
  39. Central European riverine networks are subject to widely varying local anthropogenic pressures, forcing species with limited dispersal abilities to adapt or become locally extinct. Previous catchment-wide stud...

    Authors: Martin Grethlein, Lars Pelikan, Andrea Dombrowski, Jana Kabus, Jörg Oehlmann, Alexander Weigand and Jonas Jourdan
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:113
  40. The leaching of substances and the ecotoxic effects of eluates were studied for joint grouts that are based on various types of binders. Eight products, two of them containing either epoxy resin, polybutadiene...

    Authors: Ute Schoknecht, Ute Kalbe, Ines Heisterkamp, Martina Kretzschmar, Stefan Gartiser, Oliver Happel and Outi Ilvonen
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:111
  41. Oxidative treatment methods are valuable tools for the microbial safety of drinking water. However, the reaction of oxidants with natural substances or anthropogenic contaminants present in the raw water can p...

    Authors: Amandine Michel, Dominic Armbruster, Angelika Benz-Birck, Nina Deppermann, Reinhard Doetzer, Markus Flörs, Markus Frericks, Shanghua Li, Sebastian Gebler, Tom Schröder and Wolfram Seitz
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:110
  42. A variety of anthropogenic stressors influences the ecological status of rivers wordwide. Important stressors include elevated concentrations of nutrients, salt ions, heavy metals and other pollutants, habitat...

    Authors: Nele Markert, Barbara Guhl and Christian K. Feld
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:100
  43. Phosphorus recycling from sewage sludge will be obligatory in Germany from 2029. Phosphorus content determination in sewage sludge is crucial to assess the prescribed recycling rates. Currently, German law reg...

    Authors: Theresa Constanze Sichler, Roland Becker, Andreas Sauer, Matthias Barjenbruch, Markus Ostermann and Christian Adam
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:99
  44. Determining the cytotoxicity of test substances is essential for the safety assessment of chemicals. To quantify the cytotoxicity, dose–response curves are determined and the half-maximum inhibitory concentrat...

    Authors: Nina Ihling, Lara Pauline Munkler, Richard Paul, Dietmar Lang and Jochen Büchs
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:97
  45. Data from a one-year field study on the effect of a fertilizer (calcium cyanamide, trade name: Perlka®) on Collembola served as the basis for a broader discussion on performance and evaluation of these data for t...

    Authors: J. Römbke, A. van der Veen, P. Ebke and P. Stegger
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:87
  46. Monitoring data from apex predators were key drivers in the development of early chemicals legislations due to the population declines of many species during the twentieth century, which was linked to certain ...

    Authors: Alexander Badry, Jaroslav Slobodnik, Nikiforos Alygizakis, Dirk Bunke, Alessandra Cincinelli, Daniela Claßen, Rene W. R. J. Dekker, Guy Duke, Valeria Dulio, Bernd Göckener, Georgios Gkotsis, Georg Hanke, Morten Jartun, Paola Movalli, Maria-Christina Nika, Heinz Rüdel…
    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2022 34:81

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