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20 Years SETAC GLB

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SETAC EUROPE - German-Language Branch (SETAC GLB) is a regional branch of SETAC Europe, representing the interests of SETAC in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. SETAC GLB provides an open forum for scientists and institutions engaged in the study of environmental problems, management and regulation of natural resources, education, research and development, and manufacturing.

This anniversary collection presents an overview of the current state of ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry in German-speaking countries and of the main developments and key topics within SETAC GLB.

Edited by:  Jochen Zubrod, Bettina Hitzfeld, Marion Junghans, Anja Kehrer, Rolf Düring, Peter Ebke, Dominic Kaiser, Anja Kehrer, Silvio Knaebe, Nadine Ruchter, Tobias Frische and Henner Hollert


  1. Content type: Review

    In the past, cases of PCDD/F and PCB contamination exceeding limits in food from animal origin (eggs, meat or milk) were mainly caused by industrially produced feed. But in the last decade, exceedances of EU l...

    Authors: Roland Weber, Christine Herold, Henner Hollert, Josef Kamphues, Markus Blepp and Karlheinz Ballschmiter

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:42

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  2. Content type: Editorial

    This commentary is an introduction for students to the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and its Student Advisory Council (SAC). As young academics face challenges while trying to devel...

    Authors: Simon Lüderwald, Kymberly Newton, Katharina Heye, Kristina Bitter, Samuel Moeris, Lena Benner, Paul Böhm, Josef Koch, Alexander Feckler, Mafalda Castro and Andreas Erikkson

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:41

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  3. Content type: Research

    Available literature and regulatory studies show that the severity of effects of beta-cyfluthrin (a synthetic pyrethroid) on fish is influenced by the magnitude and duration of exposure. To investigate how the...

    Authors: Elke I. Zimmer, Thomas G. Preuss, Steve Norman, Barbara Minten and Virginie Ducrot

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:36

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  4. Content type: Discussion

    The definition of priority substances (PS) according to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) helped to remove many of these chemicals from the market and to reduce their concentrations in the European water bod...

    Authors: Werner Brack, Beate I. Escher, Erik Müller, Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen, Tobias Schulze, Jaroslav Slobodnik and Henner Hollert

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:33

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  5. Content type: Research

    The contamination of aquatic ecosystems with both anthropogenic pollutants and particles in particular (microscopic) plastic debris items is of emerging concern. Since plastic particles can accumulate contamin...

    Authors: Sven Seidensticker, Peter Grathwohl, Jonas Lamprecht and Christiane Zarfl

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:30

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  6. Content type: Research

    Chemical quality of sediment and suspended particulate matter (SPM) is usually assessed by total chemical concentrations (Ctotal). However, the freely dissolved concentration (Cfree) is the ecologically more rele...

    Authors: Nora Claire Niehus, Sabine Schäfer, Christel Möhlenkamp and Gesine Witt

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:28

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  7. Content type: Research

    Chironomids, or non-biting midges, often dominate stream invertebrate communities in terms of biomass, abundance, and species richness and play an important role in riverine food webs. Despite these clear fact...

    Authors: Arne J. Beermann, Vera M. A. Zizka, Vasco Elbrecht, Viktor Baranov and Florian Leese

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:26

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  8. Content type: Research

    In situ exposure of rainbow trout up- and downstream of differently equipped wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and subsequent analyses of micronuclei frequencies and hepatic EROD activities were used to eval...

    Authors: Sabrina Wilhelm, Stefanie Jacob, Michael Ziegler, Heinz-R. Köhler and Rita Triebskorn

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:25

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  9. Content type: Research

    The overall aim of the interdisciplinary research project “PharmCycle” is to reduce the contamination of the aquatic environment with antibiotics by developing sustainable antibiotics, improving the environmen...

    Authors: Jörg Andrä, Falk Beyer, Gesine Cornelissen, Jörn Einfeldt, Jens Heseding, Klaus Kümmerer, Kim Oelkers and Carolin Floeter

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:24

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  10. Content type: Review

    The aim of ecotoxicology is to study toxic effects on constituents of ecosystems, with the protection goal being populations and communities rather than individual organisms. In this ecosystem perspective, the...

    Authors: Kristina Rehberger, Christian Kropf and Helmut Segner

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:23

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  11. Content type: Research

    Although the crucial importance of sediments in aquatic systems is well-known, sediments are often neglected as a factor in the evaluation of water quality assessment. To support and extend previous work in th...

    Authors: Mona Schweizer, Andreas Dieterich, Núria Corral Morillas, Carla Dewald, Lukas Miksch, Sara Nelson, Arne Wick, Rita Triebskorn and Heinz-R. Köhler

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:22

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  12. Content type: Research

    Rivers receive water and associated organic micropollutants from their entire catchment, including from urban, agricultural and natural sources, and constitute an important environmental component for catalyzi...

    Authors: Maximilian E. Müller, Beate I. Escher, Marc Schwientek, Martina Werneburg, Christiane Zarfl and Christian Zwiener

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:20

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  13. Content type: Research

    Cationic polyacrylamide copolymers (PAMs) are used for sludge dewatering in municipal waste water treatment and might enter the environment by spreading of the sludge on agricultural land. Concern has been exp...

    Authors: Dieter Hennecke, Angela Bauer, Monika Herrchen, Erik Wischerhoff and Friedhelm Gores

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:16

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  14. Content type: Review

    Construction products are in contact with water (e.g., rain, seepage water) during their service lifetime and may release potentially harmful compounds by leaching processes. Monitoring studies showed that com...

    Authors: Nicole Bandow, Stefan Gartiser, Outi Ilvonen and Ute Schoknecht

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:14

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  15. Content type: Research

    The increasing production of nanoplastics and the fragmentation of microplastics into smaller particles suggest a plausible yet unclear hazard in the natural environment, such as soil. We investigated the shor...

    Authors: T. T. Awet, Y. Kohl, F. Meier, S. Straskraba, A.-L. Grün, T. Ruf, C. Jost, R. Drexel, E. Tunc and C. Emmerling

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:11

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  16. Content type: Discussion

    This position paper intends to stimulate a profound rethinking of contemporary agricultural practice. We criticise the current intensity of chemical plant protection in Germany as ecologically unsustainable an...

    Authors: Tobias Frische, Sina Egerer, Steffen Matezki, Christina Pickl and Jörn Wogram

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:8

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  17. Content type: Research

    Short-chain PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are widely used as alternatives to long-chain PFASs. Long-chain PFASs become gradually regulated under REACH (EC No. 1907/2006) and other international r...

    Authors: Stephan Brendel, Éva Fetter, Claudia Staude, Lena Vierke and Annegret Biegel-Engler

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:9

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  18. Content type: Research

    Increasing amounts of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in wastewater can reach the aquatic environment by passing through the sewage treatment plant (STP). NPs can induce ecotoxicological effects due to their sp...

    Authors: Sebastian Kühr, Stefanie Schneider, Boris Meisterjahn, Karsten Schlich, Kerstin Hund-Rinke and Christian Schlechtriem

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:7

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