Current Projects


Blue Estuaries; Developing estuaries as habitable sustainable ecosystem despite climate change and stress

2020-2023, Funding: BMBF

BluEs aims to achieve a comprehensive understanding of major stressors and critical biological processes shaping estuaries in the Baltic and North Sea with regard to their potential responses to climate change and other human activities such as chemical and nutrient pollution, or sediment disturbance.

Ecossa is associated as an external contract lab to analyze nematode communities in sediment samples of the rivers Elbe and Odra. 



Effect of inhibited ammonium sulphate urea on the increase of the nitrogen use efficiency and reduction of ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions due to mineral fertilization

2021-2024; Funding: BMEL

The focus of Win-N is increasing the N use efficiency and competitiveness in the cultivation of commodity crops in combination with reducing nitrous oxide and ammonia emissions through the use of urease and nitrification inhibitors.

Ecossa is associated as an external contract lab to analyze nematode communities in lysemeter samples and to carry out ecotoxicological tests.


Ecotoxicological Assessment with Nematodes

2021-2022; Funding: Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG)

External Partner: Gießen University (Dr. Leonard Böhm)

This project focusses on the bioaccumulation of hydrophobic chemicals (PAHs, PCBs) by the nematode Caenorhabditits elegans after exposure via passive dosing and the influence of food density on the bioaccumulation. 



2022 (January - March); Research Exchange with RECETOX (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Within the ERASMUS program Mahleh Eghbalinejad carries out toxicity tests for her PhD thesis in the lab of Ecossa. The project focusses on the Toxizität nano-formulations of the fungicide Tebuconazole on nematodes in comparison the the pure active ingredient and a commercial formulation.