Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 257-258

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The SeKT Joint Research Project: Definition of reference conditions, control sediments and toxicity thresholds for limnic sediment contact tests (2 pp)

  • Ute FeilerAffiliated withDr. phil. nat. Ute Feiler Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde Am Mainzer Tor 1 D-56068 Koblenz DEUTSCHLAND Email author 
  • , Wolfgang AhlfAffiliated withDr. Wolfgang Ahlf TU Hamburg-Harburg Arbeitsbereich Umweltschutztechnik Eissendorferstr. 40 21071 Hamburg DEUTSCHLAND Email author 
  • , Sebastian HössAffiliated withDr. Sebastian Höss Ecossa - Ecological Sediment & Soil Assessment Thierschstr. 43 D-80538 München Email author 
  • , Henner HollertAffiliated withDr. Henner Hollert Heidelberger Institut für Zoologie (HIZ) Universität Heidelberg Im Neuenheimer Feld 230 69120 Heidelberg Germany Email author 
  • , Helga Neumann-HenselAffiliated withDr. Helga Neumann-Hensel Laboratory Fintelmann & Dr. Meyer Mendelssohnstr. 15 22671 Hamburg GERMANY Email author 
  • , Michael MellerAffiliated withMichael Meller ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH Boettgerstr. 2-14 65439 Floersheim GERMANY Email author 
  • , Jürgen WeberAffiliated withJürgen Weber NORDUM Institut für Umwelt und Analytik GmbH & Co. KG Am Weidenbruch 22 18196 Kessin/Rostock
  • , Peter HeiningerAffiliated withDr. Peter Heininger Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde Am Mainzer Tor 1 56068 Koblenz DEUTSCHLAND Email author 

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In current biotest approaches, intact organisms or in vitro systems are exposed to sediments using different exposure scenarios. The most important issue in sediment toxicity testing protocols is the question which test phase (solid or liquid) should be used. Whole-sediment exposure protocols represent the most realistic scenario to simulate in situ exposure conditions in the laboratory. However, until now there is no agreement in how to acquire and to evaluate the data of the various available sediment contact assays. The SeKT joint research project was initiated with the aim to compare recently developed sediment contact assays by addressing reference conditions, control sediments and toxicity thresholds for limnic sediment contact tests.

SeKT joint projects control sediments toxicity thresholds limnic sediment contact tests