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Determination of developmental toxicity of a test chemical to Dipterian dung flies (Scathophaga stercoraria (Scathophagidae), Musca autumnalis (Muscidae))

The aim of the project was to standardise a test guideline with two dung fly species to be used for the environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals, in particular endo- and ectoparasiticides excreted in dung. The test is designed to estimate the developmental toxicity of a test substance to the dung dwelling life stages of […]

Supply of dung beetles for the performance of a ring test as a precondition for the implementation of an OECD Guidance Document

The objective of this project sponsored by the German Federal Environment Agency was the improvement of existing laboratory tests with dung beetles and dung flies. It was aimed at identifiying a second dung beetle species for standardised laboratory tests that should belong to the ecological group of ‘tunnelers’.  However, it was not possible to establish […]

Investigation of sublethal endpoints in dung organisms as a prerequisite for the implementation of terrestrial ecotoxicological studies within the environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals

The aims of this project were the compilation and publication of the results of workshops with international dung fauna experts (Aveiro group) and the further improvement of existing laboratory tests with dung beetles and dung flies. Two publications were prepared: first, recommendations for the preparation, performance and assessment of field studies with dung organisms, and […]