PSL offers a wide range of terrestrial ecotoxicology studies which can help evaluate toxic effects of plant protection products (PPPs), pharmaceuticals, chemicals and metabolites. All studies are planned and performed by a highly experienced team of scientists and technical personnel according to the current regulatory guidelines (OECD, OPPTS, EPA) and guidance documents. Analytical support is also available at PSL, to verify concentration and stability of the test compound.
A stock culture of Eisenia fetida provides the high quality test organisms needed to perform acute toxicity studies, reproduction toxicity studies and bioaccumulation studies year round.
Honey Bee and Bumble Bee Studies
The toxic effects of plant protection products on bees (Apis mellifera, Bombus terrestris) are examined following current OECD and EPA test guidelines. These studies can be conducted year round (April to September in Germany and the US, October to March in Spain); non-GLP screening tests are also available. We have an ongoing honey bee larval test running at our laboratory and we are involved in the ring test group.
Soil Microorganism Studies (Tier 1 and 2)
The soil microflora test is conducted throughout the year using natural soil. This test includes the short-term respiration and the nitrogen transformation tests. In addition, other studies and/or screening tests are available with several soil inhabiting arthropod species like carabid beetles (Poecilus cupreus, adults and larvae), staphylinid beetles (Aleochara bilineata), lycosid spiders (Pardosa sp.), springtails (Folsomia candida) and predatory soil mites (Hypoaspis aculeifer).
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