Dung organisms

As part of the environmental risk assessment of veterinary medical products (VMPs), in particular parasiticides, effects on dung beetles and dung flies have to be determined. On behalf of the SETAC advisory group ‘Dung organism toxicity test standardization’ (DOTTS), ECT was involved in developing, validating and standardizing OECD test guidelines with these insects. Laboratory tests with dung organisms are regularly conducted in compliance with GLP, both with standard species and in cattle dung, but also with other beetle species and/or sheep or horse dung. In addition, ECT is experienced in performing higher-ties tests, especially field studies, with VMPs and dung organisms in different regions of Europe.

Laboratory and Field Tests with Dung OrganismsGuideline
Dung Beetle (Aphodius constans) Laboratory TestOECD GD 122 (2010)
Dung Beetle (Onthophagus taurus) Laboratory TestOECD GD (Draft) (2014)
Dung Flies (Scathophaga stercoraria, Musca autumnalis) Laboratory TestsOECD 228 (2016)
Dung Organism Field StudyAccording to Römbke et al. (2010) and Jochmann et al. (2011)

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