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Agrochemicals affecting microbial ecology

Acronimo SPARKAE

Abstract An assessment on the influence of pollution with electro-active chemical compounds on atmospheric electrical variation in relation to the functioning of bacterial and invertebrate communities is needed. We use the recently discovered electric interaction between the atmosphere and sediment environments as an emblematic example to assess this knowledge gap. The project aims to undertake complementary modelling as well as and laboratory and field experiments at a unique study site, the alpine lake Lago Cadagno, southern Switzerland, whose microbial ecology is well studied. This project will ultimately validate the proposed mechanistic underpinnings using a multidisciplinary approach that benefits from established collaborations with world-leading experts and institutes in this field and will provide the first insight into the interference of a potentially wide range of chemicals with biological interactions in the electro-ecological landscape. Results obtained in this study will be fundamentally highly relevant for many disciplines in Earth and Life sciences, but also carry both immediate and long-term implications for the way humans interfere with the natural, electrical environment

Enti SUPSI coinvolti Laboratorio di microbiologia applicata

Persone coinvolte Liam Joseph O'Reilly

Responsabili Andreas Bruder

Data di inizio progetto 1 gennaio 2020

Data di chiusura progetto 31 gennaio 2021