On April 13th the Long Night of Research 2018 will take place. It is one of austrians biggest Research-Events and gives you the possibility to get an idea of the world of science at more than 260 places.

WasserCluster Lunz is again part of this Event and inform you at two infopoints to the questions "The World of Plancton - what lives in one drop of water?" and "What's the favorite food of bacteria in streams?".

Where: At the Center for technology and design at WIFI St. Pölten - New Design University

Entry is FREE!

More information you find here.
 

from monday (26.3.2018) to friday (30.3.2018), from 8:55 to 9:00, there is the possibility to listen to the words from Thomas Hein about floating organism in water in the Ö1 broadcast „Vom Leben der Natur“.

Part 1: Depending on currents
Part 2: From micro to mega
Part 3: Variform in shape and color
Part 4: Eat or be eaten?
Part 5: The river as a habitat

More information: http://oe1.orf.at/vomlebendernatur

You want to know more about Wildnisgebiet and the Lunzer Lake?
On Thursday (15.3.2018) you have the possibility to meet two experts:

Reinhard Pekny:
Von der Eiszeit bis zum Wildnisgebiet - Vom Wert des „Ungenutzten“

and

Hannes Hager:
Der Lunzer See im Wandel der Zeit


When: Thursday, 15.03.2018 at 18:00
Where: at the WasserCluster Lunz – seminar room (Dr. Carl Kupelwieser Promenade 5)

 

Panta rhei, all flows. This is not only valid for river systems or philosophy.
Also at the WasserCluster Lunz are many things in flow.

We appreciate to announce that we start a new Working Group this year and
invite scientists to apply for it. More information you find here.

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.