Crop & Plant Protection Testing

Drive your R&D crop and plant protection forward while meeting regulatory guidelines. Modern crop protection technology, such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides make it possible to increase global crop yields, yet the complexity of layering different products make safety and efficacy testing nuanced. Team up with nonclinical leaders and sites who can help you to navigate the complex world of agrochemical testing and global regulations. 

Crop & Plant Study Overview

  • Field Trials

  • Environmental Fate

  • Terrestial Ecotoxicology

  • Aquatic Toxicology

  • Environmental & Plant Metabolism

  • Product Chemistry & Bioanalysis 

  • Modeling & In Silico

Crop & Plant Regulatory Consulting

Building a successful crop and plant portfolio requires deep scientific knowledge, crop and plant environment regulatory experience and scalable lab capacity for testing. 

Navigate the complex world of biocides, pesticides and regulatory agencies with a global regulatory partner. 




  • Worldwide registration

Environmental Fate & Field Trials

You are everywhere, so we need to be everywhere, too. We've been conducting GLP field studies throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, Israel and Africa. 

With a diverse service offering and the unique challenges that working outdoors presents our multi-discipline team expects the unexpected.

Environmental Fate

  • Soil metabolism (aerobic, anaerobic and paddy)
  • Water/sediment metabolism (aerobic, anaerobic, irradiated)
  • Aerobic mineralization in surface water
  • Field soil dissipation, accumulation and leaching
  • Hydrolysis
  • Photodegradation in soil and water
  • Adsorption/desorption and column leaching
  • Environmental modelling
  • Metabolite identification

Field Trials

  • RAC trials
  • Processed commodity trials
  • Soil dissipation/accumulation studies
  • Dislodgeable foliar residue trials
  • Operator exposure
  • Field environmental fate
  • Field ecotoxicology
Terrestial Ecotoxicology & Aquatic Toxicology

Maintaining the health of terrestial and avian population is an important component of crop and plant testing. We share your dedication to the environment and understand your need to ensure that ecotoxicology studies reveal the most reliable information for your product.

Terrestial Ecotoxicology

  • More than 1000 terrestial studies in the last six years
  • Purpose-built avian facility with an incubation room and hatchery
  • Earthworms
  • Bees
  • Non-target plants
  • Beneficial insects
  • Laboratory, extended laboratory, semi-field and field
  • Avian acute and subacute oral toxicity
  • Avian reproduction
  • Soil nitrogen and carbon transformation
  • Litterbag

Large Animal and Avian Studies

  • Livestock metabolism and nature of the residue studies
  • Livestock feeding studies (residue transfer studies)
  • Avian acute and subacute oral toxicity

Aquatic Ecotoxicology

  • More than 800 aquatic studies in the last six years
  • Aquatic toxicology indoor & outdoor facilities, incorporating 32ft microcosms and more than 60 ditch units

Aquatic Toxicology

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Higher tier
  • Microcosms
  • Fish bioconcentration


  • Toxicity to sewage sludge
  • Ready and enhanced biodegradability
  • Inherent biodegradability
  • Anaerobic biodegradation
  • Marine biodegradation
  • Simulation tests
Related Studies: Genetic Toxicology, Product Chemistry, DART, etc.

As a full-service contract reserach organization, Covance offers hundreds of nonclinical studies that also apply to crop and chemical testing. 

Visit our chemical and crop page to view additional studies for in vitro safety & metabolism, gene toxicology, DART, inhalation toxicology, product chemistry, metabolism and modeling