Do stream regulations affect water and sediment quality? Which differences between regulated and natural streams are measurable in the chemical composition?

These and more questions were part of the project “Wasser schafft”. A CitizenScience project of the WasserCluster Lunz. This project was developed specifically for the participation of school groups and the winners were awarded on 21 November. At this point we want to congratulate the NMS Lunz and the Lernort Säusenstein to the shared first place.

The importance of many species has been underestimated. Biodiversity is more important for functioning ecosystems than expected. This is the central result of a recent study by the Technical University of Munich, which was created with the participation of Robert Ptacnik from the WasserCluster Lunz.

Therefore, it makes no sense to protect only individual species for securing individual ecosystem functions. "The influence of individual species only becomes apparent as soon as one examines diverse processes in the ecosystem," says Robert Ptacnik.

The study can be found in the journal "Nature Ecology and Evolution".

In September the new FWF project “BYTHOALPS – Is Bythotrephes not invasive at home due to prey adaption?” started. Project leader is Radka Ptacnikova, it is a project of the working group AQUASCALE and will last until 2020.

More information about the project you find here.

In October the new FWF project “FUNGUP – Role of phytoplankton fungal parasites in trophic transfer and food web functioning” started. Project leader is Serena Rasconi, it is a project of the working group AQUASCALE and LIPTOX and will last until 2021. The picture shows the diatom Asterionella parasitized by chytrids (stained blue under the UV light, Lake Lunz July 2017).

More information about the project you find here.

Since ten years there is research on aquatic ecosystems at the WasserCluster Lunz. On Friday, 6th October 2017, we were celebrating this 10th Anniversary together with prominent guests from science and politics.

In the afternoon we opened our door for interested visitors. On guided tours through the house, boat tours to our measuring island on the lake, lectures and infopoints the guest had the possibility to learn more about the research at the WasserCluster Lunz. Special treat was the WasserCluster beer "Für helle Köpfe" which was brewed from water from the Lake Lunz.

Fotos from the event you find here.


On 28.9 and 2.10.2017 there was the possibility to visit the "Forschungsschiff MS Wissenschaft" in Tulln and Krems. WasserCluster Lunz was represented through Gabriele Weigelhofer with the talk to „ORCA – Organischer Kohlenstoff in Bächen“. Goul of the event was to, inform about the ressource water.

Fotos from the event you find here (© Klaus Ranger)

on Friday, 6th October 2017, 13:00 - 18:00, we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WasserCluster Lunz. We want look back at the research on aquatic ecosystems at the WasserCluster Lunz and open new perspectives - together with partners, supporters and interested people.

We invite warmly to this event in our house. There will be infopoints and highlights of limnology, guided tours, food from the region and much more waiting for you.

More information you find here.

WasserCluster Lunz is one of nine partners, from six different countries, working on the project „FRAMWAT – Framework for improving water balance and nutrient mitigation by applying small water retention measures“. Under the leading of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences they will work the next three years. FramWat will provide decision makers with appropriate tools to incorporate Natural (Small) Water Retention Measures (N(S)WRM) into the next cycle of River Basin Management Plans and offer guidance and raise awareness about the importance of horizontal integration of different planning frameworks.

More information you find here.

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