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Residue Reviews

Volume 86 of the series Residue Reviews pp 65-105

An ecological concept for the assessment of side-effects of agrochemicals on soil microorganisms

  • K. H. DomschAffiliated withDepartment of Soil Biology, Federal Research Center of Agriculture
  • , G. JagnowAffiliated withDepartment of Soil Biology, Federal Research Center of Agriculture
  • , Traute-Heidi AndersonAffiliated withDepartment of Soil Biology, Federal Research Center of Agriculture

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Abstract

High quality data describing changes in the biotic compartments of soils are indispensable prerequisites for ecotoxicological characterization of chemicals. Numerous results from careful experimental work are now available. The wealth of data, however, contributes only partially to our understanding and capability of hazard assessment. Frequently we experience a kind of helplessness on how to weight, rate, and evaluate data and ignore the urgent need for interpretation in sensible ecological terms.