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
About 200 guests visited WasserCluster Lunz on October 12 at the Open Day 2019 and experienced research first-hand. During talks, the interested visitors could learn more about topics such as the changes in Lake Lunz in times of climate change, the experimental water research on WasserCluster Lunz or the effects of algae on our brain. In addition, guided tours gave visitors insights into various laboratories and because of several hands-on station including a riddle rally for children visitors were enabled to become active themselves.
We thank all visitors for their interest and are pleased to keep them informed in due time by newsletters and articles on our website until the next open day.
On 27. September 2019, the "Forschungsfest Niederösterreich" took place at the Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna. Members of the Workinggroup LIPTOX informed numerous visitors about there research, especially about the question Water-Fish-Human: can human beeings count in future on healthy fish from save aquatic systems?.
More informiation you find here.
An international group of researchers conducted an experiment on the sound of flowing waters in the Lunzer Rinnen Experimental Flumes in July and August. The experiment investigated whether underwater sound recordings can be used to quantify the gas exchange (oxygen, CO2) of turbulent mountain streams with the atmosphere. The project was funded by the AQUACOSM EU-project and led by Dr. Marcus Klaus, Umeå University, Sweden and the WCL working group EcoCatch.
Photo (from left to right): Marcus Klaus (SE), Gianluca Botter (IT), Filippo Vingiani (IT), Nicola Durighetto (IT), Jakob Schelker (AT), Paul Schwaigerlehner (AT), Gertraud Steniczka (AT), Thierry Labasque (FR) and David Vilbert (FR); Not shown is: Michael Scharner (AT)
Fish are considered as a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Less well known is that this also applies to insects. The role of insects in the proximity of local lakes for the food chain is examined by the AQUATERR project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Ö1 interviewed in the radio show "Wissen aktuell - Insekten, Quanten" Martin Kainz, leader of the working group LIPTOX at WasserCluster Lunz, about this topic.
Photo: Insect trap next to the building of WasserCluster Lunz.
Until Sunday 25.08.2019 there is still the possibility to listen to the report "Arbeiten mit Wasser" in the series "Moment - Leben heute" on the Ö1 website.
Find out more about the work on WasserCluster Lunz (18:15 - 18:26 and 18:53 - 18:59), what the flumes (see photo) are used for and how water is managed, tested and clarified.
Here you find the report: https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20190818/561273/Arbeiten-mit-Wasser
In July 2019 Magdalena Pöhm finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "Effects of hydropeaking on benthic algae in alpine rivers" under Supervision from Thomas Hein and Elisabeth Bondar-Kunze (AG BIGER).
The scientific poster "Effects of drought length on the hyporheic microbial processes of intermittent streams" by Laura Coulson (PhD in the working group BIGER) was awarded the third place at the Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS11).