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The Asian long-horned beetle which was detected in the Canton of Fribourg in 2011 and 2014 was successfully eradicated after several years of control.


Tiny marine organisms transport carbon from the atmosphere into the depths of the oceans. Climate change is altering this biological pump.


The winter of 1998/99 claimed many lives and caused extensive damage to property in the Alps. What lessons have been learned from this experience?


A new method explains how species adapt to the environment in the course of evolution and how biodiversity develops.


A new estimate for the glacier ice volume all around the world indicates the volume of glaciers in Asia has been overestimated.


The expedition GLACE of the Swiss Polar Institute will be the first to circumnavigate Greenland for scientific research.


This day is a reminder that women play a critical role in science and technology. We celebrate it by presenting three outstanding researchers at WSL.


Forum für Wissen: registration open

On May 24 2019 a WSL symposium on 'Learning from extreme events' for scientists and practitioners will take place in Davos (in German).


FC Guy Parmelin visited the SLF on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where all the institutions in the ETH Domain presented themselves.


Felix Kienast is the new President of the Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks, which is part of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).


The further away trees grow from the poles or mountain peaks, the more drought limits their growth.


A study including the participation of the SLF and of PERMOS demonstrates that permafrost temperatures have risen worldwide over the last 10 years.


Forests still suffer from ozone exposure, despite decreasing ozone levels, WSL researchers report.


A cress species thrives on soils contaminated with heavy metals – because it has adapted genetically in the course of evolution, a new study shows.


Forests in the northern regions of Canada are not well adapted to drought. This was the result of a study conducted within a unique field trial.


A model developed by WSL researchers can predict long-term droughts over several weeks. This helps hydropower producers. (Press release of the SNF)


The expansion of renewable energy will further decentralise power and heat generation in Switzerland. (Image:


The first global vegetation database contains over 1.1 million vegetation records.


The book "Moore der Schweiz" (German) presents the development of moors in Switzerland and their research. Includes many case studies.


Fine tree roots get far less old than previously assumed, as demonstrated by tree ring analyses in a study published in Nature Communications.