ECT at the EUROSOIL 2016 congress

ECT contributes to the 5th EUROSOIL Congress (Istanbul, Turkey, 16-21 October 2016):

J. Römbke, J.-J. Ortega-Calvo, J. Harmsen, J.R. Parsons, K.T. Semple: From bioavailability science to regulation of organic chemicals – the role of biological methods. (Platform presentation)

New publication: Extended plant tests for the environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals

Residues of veterinary pharmaceuticals enter the environment via application of manure onto agricultural land, where particularly antibiotics can cause phytotoxicity. Terrestrial plant tests according to OECD test guideline 208 are part of the environmental risk assessment of veterinary pharmaceuticals. However, this standard approach might not be appropriate for veterinary medicinal products forming non-extractable residues or transformation products in manure and manure-amended soil. To assess such products, a new test design including a more realistic exposure scenario via manure application is needed.

ECT at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

The 46th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (‘150 Years of ecology – lessons for the future’) is taking place in Marburg, Germany from 05 to 09 September 2016. ECT contributes with the following presentations:

S. Jänsch, J. Römbke, A. Scheffczyk, R.M. Schmelz, U. Burkhardt, A. Toschki: The Edaphobase nationwide field monitoring – a survey of soil oligochaete (Lumbricidae, Enchytraeidae) assemblages in different habitat types in Germany

ECT at International Colloquium on Soil Zoology

The XVII International Colloquium on Soil Zoology takes place in Nara, Japan on 22-26 August 2016. ECT is contributing with the following presentations:

C. Bandow, P. Lorenz, T. Natal-da-Luz, R. Schmelz, J.P. Sousa, J. Römbke: Effects of a combination of soil moisture levels and an insecticide on invertebrates (Oligochaeta, Arthropoda) and their feeding rate in Terrestrial Model Ecosystems (TME)

ECT at International Symposium on Enchytraeidae

ECT contributes to the 12th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae (ISE 12, Tihany, Hungary, 27-29 June 2016)

J. Römbke et al.: Oligochaetes (Lumbricidae, Enchytraeidae) and litter decomposition at six forest sites in Germany and Portugal, differing in site and climate properties

New publications: Effects of ivermectin on the diversity and function of dung and soil fauna

The application of veterinary medical products to livestock can affect soil organisms in manure-amended fields and, especially, organisms colonising the dung of treated animals, thereby potentially delaying the degradation of dung on pastures. For this reason, the authorisation process for veterinary medical products in the European Union includes a requirement for higher-tier tests when adverse effects on dung organisms are observed in lower tier toxicity tests. An international research project was performed…

Publication on biosolids applied to agricultural land

Biosolids have well-documented crop and soil benefits similar to other sources of organic amendment, but there is environmental concern due to biosolids-associated pollutants. The present study investigated two field sites that had received biosolids at commercial-scale rates…