Established Ecotoxicological Testing Systems

To investigate the rate-related effects of plant protection products (PPPs) and their active substances on terrestrial non-target plants in off-crop sites, usually ecotoxicological tests are performed using crop species (e.g. Oilseed rape, Sugar beet, Wheat) in monoculture as representative for the non-target plants which should to be protected.
The test design should be standardized where possible, sufficiently clear and practicable in handling. Further, the results have to be reproducible and statistically valid. To assess the quality of the test results in additional validity criteria are set. To meet all these requirements, the test species in ecotoxicological tests are not necessarily chosen because of their place in the ecosystem but because of their easy breeding and care under standardized conditions. As the previously mentioned use of crops to investigate effects of pesticides on the wild plants that should be protected along the edges of fields.
The ecotoxicological studies established for more than a decade at the Institute include not only the major studies to investigate the impact of pesticides on terrestrial non-target plants, there are also studies concerning succeeding crops in the field.
Following Guidelines / Regulations are covered:
  • o OECD Guideline 208 and 227
  • o EPA OCSPP 850.4000 and 4150
  • o EPPO Guideline PP 1/207(2)
  • o Biotest after Pestemer & Pucelik-Günther (1997)
We are both GLP and GEP certified.

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