, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 135–140 | Cite as

Reproducibility of short-term and reproduction toxicity experiments with Daphnia magna and comparison of the sensitivity of Daphnia magna with Daphnia pulex and Daphnia cucullata in short-term experiments

  • J. H. Canton
  • D. M. M. Adema


Short-term toxicity tests with Daphnia magna are reasonably reproducible. The sensitivity of Daphnia pulex, Daphnia cucullata and Daphnia magna proved to be about the same in short-term tests with 15 different chemical compounds.

Reproduction toxicity experiments with Daphnia magna can easily be carried out within three weeks. At least duplicate experiments are necessary to arrive at an approximate no-effect level.


Daphnia toxicity experiments reproducibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Canton
    • 1
  • D. M. M. Adema
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of ToxicologyNational Institute of Public HealthBilthovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of BiologyCentral Laboratory TNODelftThe Netherlands

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