Terrestrial Ecotoxicology

Chemical Testing

Assessing the impact of a chemical on a terrestrial environment is complex. This is partly due to the diversity of terrestrial organisms – plants, invertebrates and vertebrates – living in and on the soil. Terrestrial ecotoxicology can therefore be challenging as you need to understand the wider connectivity in the ecosystem to be able to put the effect of any single chemical into context. Covance can advise you on study design and perform  the studies you need to fulfil your terrestrial ecotoxicology endpoints.

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  • Extensive experience designing and running lower and higher tier terrestrial ecotoxicology studies 
  • A comprehensive range of facilities dedicated to different species, including constant environment rooms, outdoor covered enclosures and glasshouses
  • Our broad-based team are experts in all aspects of terrestrial ecotoxicology for non-target plants, non-target arthropods, bees and earthworms.

 

Your Needs

Regulators worldwide demand a range of terrestrial ecotoxicology endpoints

Global regulators require terrestrial ecotoxicology endpoints to demonstrate the potential hazard posed by your chemical to plants, soil-based microorganisms and invertebrates (for example earthworms). That means you need to create a dossier of robust evidence, conducted to international standards, suitable for submission to regulators. 


Our Capabilities

Our expert team are the ideal partner to deliver high-quality data

At Covance, we leverage expertise from our wider group to build a dedicated team focused on delivering the right solution for you. That gives you access to study directors, ecotoxicology experts, and analytical chemists who work collaboratively to design and execute the studies you need. Studies are conducted to recognized international standards and aligned to your specific regulatory requirements.

 

Comprehensive facilities designed to meet evolving scientific and regulatory needs.

Facilities include multiple constant environment facilities dedicated to specific flora and fauna:

  • Arthropods and Bees
  • Earthworms
  • Plants 
  • Biopotency
  • Bee Larvae 
  • Outdoor covered enclosure
  • Glasshouse

In spring 2020, a full research apiary at the Huntingdon Site was established to expand capacity for honeybee research.

 

Leverage our full suite of terrestrial ecotoxicology assessments to meet your needs

Covance have extensive experience working to internally recognized terrestrial ecotoxicology test guidelines including, but not limited to:

  • OECD 207: Earthworm, Acute Toxicity Tests
  • OECD 208: Terrestrial Plant Test: Seedling Emergence and Seedling Growth Test
  • OECD 216: Soil Microorganisms: Nitrogen Transformation Test
  • OECD 217: Soil Microorganisms: Carbon Transformation Test
  • OECD 222: Earthworm Reproduction Test (Eisenia fetida/Eisenia andrei)