Category Archives: Research

InsectExpo: What are the risks of agricultural pesticides to insects?

With observations of declining insects in agricultural landscapes, research is focusing on figuring out the role of potential stressors, such as structural homogeneity, fertilizer and pesticide inputs. In this blog, Carolina Honert explains how their project “InsectExpo” can fill these knowledge gaps.

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Standartox – Standardizing Toxicity Data

In this post, Andreas Scharmüller introduces Standartox, a tool that continuously incorporates the ever-growing number of ecotoxicity test results in an automated process workflow. It provides single aggregated data points for a specific chemical-organism test combination that represents the toxicity of a chemical. These values can be used for the derivation of toxic units (TU) or species sensitivity distributions (SSD).

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Modeling Environmental Threshold Levels

In this post, Lara Petschick talks about the recent publication “Modeling Regulatory Threshold Levels for Pesticides in Surface Waters from Effect Databases”, which explains how existing ecotoxicological effect databases can be used to generate high-quality effect thresholds for large-scale environmental risk assessments.

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What are the environmental and socioeconomic effects of using Bti for mosquito control?

In this blog, Carsten Brühl and his co-authors are introducing a review paper on the environmental and socioeconomic effects of mosquito control in Europe using the biocide Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) that is an outcome of a workshop held in Landau.

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Graphing Ecotoxicology

In this article, Jakob Wolfram talks about their recent publication “Graphing Ecotoxicology: The MAGIC graph for Linking Environmental Data on Chemicals”. This work detailed how a novel database structure was used to manage, aggregate, and harmonize different environmental databases in order to address large-scale environmental issues.

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