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Endpoint:
biodegradation in water: ready biodegradability
Type of information:
calculation (if not (Q)SAR)
Adequacy of study:
weight of evidence
Reliability:
2 (reliable with restrictions)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
accepted calculation method
Justification for type of information:
Data is from computational model developed by USEPA
Qualifier:
according to guideline
Guideline:
other: Modeling database
Principles of method if other than guideline:
The Biodegradation Probability Program (BIOWIN) estimates the probability for the rapid aerobic biodegradation of an organic chemical in the presence of mixed populations of environmental microorganisms .The model is part of the EpiSuite program of the US-EPA. Estimations are made with BIOWIN version 4.10. Estimates are based upon fragment constants that were developed using multiple linear and non-linear regression analyses. Experimental biodegradation data for the multiple linear and non-linear regressions were obtained from Syracuse Research Corporation's (SRC) data base of evaluated biodegradation data (Howard et. al., 1987). This version (v4.10) designates the models as follows (see also Boethling et al. 2003):
Biowin1 = linear probability model
Biowin2 = nonlinear probability model
Biowin3 = expert survey ultimate biodegradation model
Biowin4 = expert survey primary biodegradation model
Biowin5 = MITI linear model
Biowin6 = MITI nonlinear model
Biowin7 = anaerobic biodegradation model
GLP compliance:
not specified
Oxygen conditions:
other: aerobic (Biowin 1-6) and anaerobic (Biowin 7)
Inoculum or test system:
other: mixed populations of environmental microorganisms
Duration of test (contact time):
2.464 mo
Details on study design:
Using the computer tool BIOWIN v4.10 by US-EPA (EPIWIN) the aerobic as well as the anaerobic biodegradability of the test material can be estimated. The follwoing seven different models are used by the tool: Linear Model, Non-Linear Model, Ultimate Biodegradation Timeframe, Primary Biodegradation Timeframe, MITI LInear Model, MITI Non-Linear Model and Anaerobic Model (calles Biowin 1-7, respectively). Due to this results the overall prediction of readily biodegradability is done for the desired chemical.

Biowin 1 and 2, are intended to convey a general indication of biodegradability under aerobic conditions, and not for any particular medium.
Biowin 1 (Linear model)
The fast biodegradation probability for any compound is calculated by summing, for all the fragments present in that compound, the fragment coefficient multiplied by the number of instances of the fragment in the compound (for MW, the value of that parameter is multiplied by its coefficient), and then adding this summation to the equation constant which is 0.7475. The summed values for each fragment coefficient multiplied by the number of instances appear in the "VALUE" column of the linear results screen.

Biowin 2 (Non-linear model)
Calculation of the fast biodegradation probability for any compound begins by summing, for all the fragments present in that compound, the fragment coefficient multiplied by the number of instances of the fragment in the compound (for MW, the value of that parameter is multiplied by its coefficient), then adding this summation to the equation constant which is 3.0087. The summed values for each fragment coefficient multiplied by the number of instances appear in the "VALUE" column of the non-linear results screen. The non-linear fast biodegradation probability is then calculated from the logistic equation as follows, where total = 3.0087 + the summation as described above:

Biowin 3 and 4 yield estimates for the time required to achieve complete ultimate and primary biodegradation in a typical or "evaluative" aquatic environment.

Biowin 5 and 6 are predictive models for assessing a compound’s biodegradability in the Japanese MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) ready biodegradation test; i.e. OECD 301C. These models use an approach similar to that used to develop Biowin1 and 2. This protocol for determining ready biodegradability is among six officially approved as ready biodegradability test guidelines of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). A total dataset of 884 chemicals was compiled to derive the fragment probability values that are applied in this MITI Biodegradability method. The dataset consists of 385 chemical that were critically evaluated as "readily degradable" and 499 chemicals that were critically evaluated as "not readily biodegradable".

Biowin 7, the anaerobic biodegradation model, is the most recent. As for the other Biowin models, multiple (linear) regression against molecular fragments was used to develop the model, which predicts probability of rapid degradation in the "serum bottle" anaerobic biodegradation screening test. This endpoint is assumed to be predictive of degradation in a typical anaerobic digester. Biowin7 estimates the probability of fast biodegradation under methanogenic anaerobic conditions; specifically, under the conditions of the "serum bottle" anaerobic biodegradation screening test (Meylan et al. 2007). A total of 169 compounds with serum bottle test data were identified for use in model development.

Out of seven different Biowin models, Biowin model 3 and 4 will help in estimating biodgeradability of the test chemical which was described as below-

Ultimate Biodegradation Timeframe and Primary Biodegradation Timeframe (Biowin 3 and 4)
These two models estimate the time required for "complete" ultimate and primary biodegradation.  Primary biodegradation is the transformation of a parent compound to an initial metabolite.  Ultimate biodegradation is the transformation of a parent compound to carbon dioxide and water, mineral oxides of any other elements present in the test compound, and new cell material. Then the rating was given to each model, which indicates the time required to achieve ultimate and primary biodegradation in a typical or "evaluative" aquatic environment. The ratings for each compound were averaged to obtain a single value for modeling.  The ultimate or primary rating of a compound is calculated by summing, for all the fragments present in that compound.
Key result
Parameter:
other: Half-life
Value:
50
Sampling time:
2.464 mo
Remarks on result:
other: not readily biodegradable as estimated by BIOWIN model
Details on results:
Biowin1 (Linear Model Prediction) : -0.2011: Does Not Biodegrade Fast
Biowin2 (Non-Linear Model Prediction): 0.0001: Does Not Biodegrade Fast
Biowin3 (Ultimate Biodegradation Timeframe): 2.4638: Weeks-Months
Biowin4 (Primary Biodegradation Timeframe): 4.0574: Days
Biowin5 (MITI Linear Model Prediction) : 1.1423: Biodegrades Fast
Biowin6 (MITI Non-Linear Model Prediction): 0.6725: Biodegrades Fast
Biowin7 (Anaerobic Model Prediction): -0.5593: Does Not Biodegrade Fast
Ready Biodegradability Prediction: NO

BIOWIN (v4.10) Program Results:

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SMILES : CCCCCCC(CC=CCCCCCCCC(=O)OCC(C(=O)OCCCCCCCC=CCC(O)CCCCCC)OC(=O)CCCCCCC

=CCC(O)CCCCCC)OCCOCCOCCOCCOCCO

CHEM :

MOL FOR: C65 H120 O14

MOL WT : 1125.67

--------------------------- BIOWIN v4.10 Results ----------------------------

Biowin1 (Linear Model Prediction) : Does Not Biodegrade Fast

Biowin2 (Non-Linear Model Prediction): Does Not Biodegrade Fast

Biowin3 (Ultimate Biodegradation Timeframe): Weeks-Months

Biowin4 (Primary Biodegradation Timeframe): Days

Biowin5 (MITI Linear Model Prediction) : Biodegrades Fast

Biowin6 (MITI Non-Linear Model Prediction): Biodegrades Fast

Biowin7 (Anaerobic Model Prediction): Does Not Biodegrade Fast

Ready Biodegradability Prediction: NO

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TYPE | NUM | Biowin1 FRAGMENT DESCRIPTION | COEFF | VALUE

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Frag | 3 | Linear C4 terminal chain [CCC-CH3] | 0.1084 | 0.3253

Frag | 3 | Aliphatic alcohol [-OH] | 0.1587 | 0.4762

Frag | 3 | Ester [-C(=O)-O-C] | 0.1742 | 0.5225

Frag | 5 | Aliphatic ether [C-O-C] | -0.3474 | -1.7368

MolWt| * | Molecular Weight Parameter | | -0.5359

Const| * | Equation Constant | | 0.7475

============+============================================+=========+=========

RESULT | Biowin1 (Linear Biodeg Probability) | | -0.2011

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TYPE | NUM | Biowin2 FRAGMENT DESCRIPTION | COEFF | VALUE

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Frag | 3 | Linear C4 terminal chain [CCC-CH3] | 1.8437 | 5.5311

Frag | 3 | Aliphatic alcohol [-OH] | 1.1178 | 3.3534

Frag | 3 | Ester [-C(=O)-O-C] | 4.0795 | 12.2385

Frag | 5 | Aliphatic ether [C-O-C] | -3.4294 |-17.1470

MolWt| * | Molecular Weight Parameter | |-15.9846

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RESULT | Biowin2 (Non-Linear Biodeg Probability) | | 0.0001

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A Probability Greater Than or Equal to 0.5 indicates --> Biodegrades Fast

A Probability Less Than 0.5 indicates --> Does NOT Biodegrade Fast

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TYPE | NUM | Biowin3 FRAGMENT DESCRIPTION | COEFF | VALUE

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Frag | 3 | Linear C4 terminal chain [CCC-CH3] | 0.2983 | 0.8950

Frag | 3 | Aliphatic alcohol [-OH] | 0.1600 | 0.4799

Frag | 3 | Ester [-C(=O)-O-C] | 0.1402 | 0.4206

Frag | 5 | Aliphatic ether [C-O-C] | -0.0087 | -0.0434

MolWt| * | Molecular Weight Parameter | | -2.4876

Const| * | Equation Constant | | 3.1992

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RESULT | Biowin3 (Survey Model - Ultimate Biodeg) | | 2.4638

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TYPE | NUM | Biowin4 FRAGMENT DESCRIPTION | COEFF | VALUE

------+-----+--------------------------------------------+---------+---------

Frag | 3 | Linear C4 terminal chain [CCC-CH3] | 0.2691 | 0.8072

Frag | 3 | Aliphatic alcohol [-OH] | 0.1294 | 0.3883

Frag | 3 | Ester [-C(=O)-O-C] | 0.2290 | 0.6869

Frag | 5 | Aliphatic ether [C-O-C] | -0.0097 | -0.0487

MolWt| * | Molecular Weight Parameter | | -1.6241

Const| * | Equation Constant | | 3.8477

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RESULT | Biowin4 (Survey Model - Primary Biodeg) | | 4.0574

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Result Classification: 5.00 -> hours 4.00 -> days 3.00 -> weeks

(Primary & Ultimate) 2.00 -> months 1.00 -> longer

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TYPE | NUM | Biowin5 FRAGMENT DESCRIPTION | COEFF | VALUE

------+-----+--------------------------------------------+---------+---------

Frag | 3 | Aliphatic alcohol [-OH] | 0.1611 | 0.4834

Frag | 3 | Ester [-C(=O)-O-C] | 0.3437 | 1.0312

Frag | 5 | Aliphatic ether [C-O-C] | 0.0015 | 0.0074

Frag | 3 | Methyl [-CH3] | 0.0004 | 0.0012

Frag | 49 | -CH2- [linear] | 0.0494 | 2.4214

Frag | 4 | -CH- [linear] | -0.0507 | -0.2027

Frag | 6 | -C=CH [alkenyl hydrogen] | 0.0062 | 0.0371

MolWt| * | Molecular Weight Parameter | | -3.3489

Const| * | Equation Constant | | 0.7121

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RESULT | Biowin5 (MITI Linear Biodeg Probability) | | 1.1423

============+============================================+=========+=========

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TYPE | NUM | Biowin6 FRAGMENT DESCRIPTION | COEFF | VALUE

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Frag | 3 | Aliphatic alcohol [-OH] | 1.0041 | 3.0124

Frag | 3 | Ester [-C(=O)-O-C] | 2.4462 | 7.3385

Frag | 5 | Aliphatic ether [C-O-C] | -0.1071 | -0.5357

Frag | 3 | Methyl [-CH3] | 0.0194 | 0.0583

Frag | 49 | -CH2- [linear] | 0.4295 | 21.0452

Frag | 4 | -CH- [linear] | -0.0998 | -0.3991

Frag | 6 | -C=CH [alkenyl hydrogen] | 0.0285 | 0.1711

MolWt| * | Molecular Weight Parameter | |-32.4968

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RESULT |Biowin6 (MITI Non-Linear Biodeg Probability)| | 0.6725

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A Probability Greater Than or Equal to 0.5 indicates --> Readily Degradable

A Probability Less Than 0.5 indicates --> NOT Readily Degradable

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TYPE | NUM | Biowin7 FRAGMENT DESCRIPTION | COEFF | VALUE

------+-----+--------------------------------------------+---------+---------

Frag | 3 | Linear C4 terminal chain [CCC-CH3] | -0.3177 | -0.9532

Frag | 3 | Aliphatic alcohol [-OH] | 0.1328 | 0.3983

Frag | 3 | Ester [-C(=O)-O-C] | 0.1719 | 0.5156

Frag | 5 | Aliphatic ether [C-O-C] | -0.2573 | -1.2863

Frag | 3 | Methyl [-CH3] | -0.0796 | -0.2387

Frag | 49 | -CH2- [linear] | 0.0260 | 1.2735

Frag | 4 | -CH- [linear] | -0.1659 | -0.6634

Frag | 6 | -C=CH [alkenyl hydrogen] | -0.0735 | -0.4411

Const| * | Equation Constant | | 0.8361

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RESULT | Biowin7 (Anaerobic Linear Biodeg Prob) | | -0.5593

============+============================================+=========+=========

A Probability Greater Than or Equal to 0.5 indicates --> Biodegrades Fast

A Probability Less Than 0.5 indicates --> Does NOT Biodegrade Fast

Ready Biodegradability Prediction: (YES or NO)

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Criteria for the YES or NO prediction: If the Biowin3 (ultimate survey

model) result is "weeks" or faster (i.e. "days", "days to weeks", or

"weeks" AND the Biowin5 (MITI linear model) probability is >= 0.5, then

the prediction is YES (readily biodegradable). If this condition is not

satisfied, the prediction is NO (not readily biodegradable). This method

is based on application of Bayesian analysis to ready biodegradation data

(see Help). Biowin5 and 6 also predict ready biodegradability, but for

degradation in the OECD301C test only; using data from the Chemicals

Evaluation and Research Institute Japan (CERIJ) database.

Validity criteria fulfilled:
not specified
Interpretation of results:
not readily biodegradable
Conclusions:
The biodegradability of the substance was calculated using seven different Biowin 1-7 models of the BIOWIN v4.10 software. The results indicate that the test chemical is expected to be not readily biodegradable.
Executive summary:

Estimation Programs Interface Suite (2018) was run to predict the biodegradation potential of the test chemical in the presence of mixed populations of environmental microorganisms. The biodegradability of the substance was calculated using seven different models such as Linear Model, Non-Linear Model, Ultimate Biodegradation Timeframe, Primary Biodegradation Timeframe, MITI Linear Model, MITI Non-Linear Model and Anaerobic Model (called as Biowin 1-7, respectively) of the BIOWIN v4.10 software. The results indicate that test chemical is expected to be not readily biodegradable.

Description of key information

Estimation Programs Interface Suite (2018) was run to predict the biodegradation potential of the test chemical in the presence of mixed populations of environmental microorganisms. The biodegradability of the substance was calculated using seven different models such as Linear Model, Non-Linear Model, Ultimate Biodegradation Timeframe, Primary Biodegradation Timeframe, MITI Linear Model, MITI Non-Linear Model and Anaerobic Model (called as Biowin 1-7, respectively) of the BIOWIN v4.10 software. The results indicate that test chemical is expected to be not readily biodegradable.

Key value for chemical safety assessment

Biodegradation in water:
under test conditions no biodegradation observed

Additional information

Predicted data and various experimental studies of the test chemical were reviewed for the biodegradation end point which are summarized as below:

 

In a prediction using the Estimation Programs Interface Suite (2018), the biodegradation potential of the test chemical in the presence of mixed populations of environmental microorganisms was estimated. The biodegradability of the substance was calculated using seven different models such as Linear Model, Non-Linear Model, Ultimate Biodegradation Timeframe, Primary Biodegradation Timeframe, MITI Linear Model, MITI Non-Linear Model and Anaerobic Model (called as Biowin 1-7, respectively) of the BIOWIN v4.10 software. The results indicate that test chemical is expected to be not readily biodegradable.

 

In a supporting weight of evidence study from study report (2018) for the test item,42-days Closed Bottle test following the OECD guideline 301 D to determine the ready biodegradability of the test chemical. The study was performed at a temperature of 20°C. The test system included control, test item and reference item. Polyseed were used for this study. 1 polyseed capsule were added in 500 ml D.I water and then stirred for 1 hour for proper mixing and functioning of inoculum. This gave the bacterial count as 10E7 to 10E8 CFU/ml. At the regular interval microbial plating was also performed on agar to confirm the vitality and CFU count of microorganism. The concentration of test and reference item (Sodium Benzoate) chosen for both the study was 4 mg/L, while that of inoculum was 32 ml/l. OECD mineral medium was used for the study. ThOD (Theoretical oxygen demand) of test and reference item was determined by calculation. % degradation was calculated using the values of BOD and ThOD for test item and reference item. The % degradation of procedure control (reference item) was also calculated using BOD & ThOD and was determined to be 70.48%. Degradation of Sodium Benzoate exceeds 45.18 % on 7 days & 70.48 % on 14th day. The activity of the inoculum was thus verified and the test can be considered as valid.The BOD42 value of test chemical was observed to be 0.6 mgO2/mg. ThOD was calculated as 2.6 mgO2/mg. Accordingly, the % degradation of the test item after 42 days of incubation at 20 ± 1°C according to Closed Bottle test was determined to be 23.07%. Based on the results, the test item, under the test conditions, was considered to be not readily biodegradable in nature.

 

For the test chemical,35-days Closed Bottle test following the OECD guideline 301 D to determine the ready biodegradability of the test chemical (Experimental study report, 2018). The study was performed at a temperature of 20°C. The test system included control, test item and reference item. Polyseed were used for this study. 1 polyseed capsule were added in 500 ml D.I water and then stirred for 1 hour for proper mixing and functioning of inoculum. This gave the bacterial count as 107 to 108 CFU/ml. At the regular interval microbial plating was also performed on agar to confirm the vitality and CFU count of microorganism. The concentration of test and reference item (Sodium Benzoate) chosen for both the study was 4 mg/L, while that of inoculum was 32 ml/l. OECD mineral medium was used for the study. ThOD (Theoretical oxygen demand) of test and reference item was determined by calculation. % degradation was calculated using the values of BOD and ThOD for test item and reference item. The % degradation of procedure control (reference item) was also calculated using BOD & ThOD and was determined to be 73.49%.Degradation of Sodium Benzoate exceeds 39.15% on 7 days & 70.48% on 14th day. The activity of the inoculum was thus verified and the test can be considered as valid. The BOD35 value of test chemical was observed to be 1.2 mgO2/mg. ThOD was calculated as 2.71 mgO2/mg. Accordingly, the % degradation of the test item after 35 days of incubation at 20 ± 1°C according to Closed Bottle test was determined to be 44.28%. Based on the results, the test item, under the test conditions, was considered to be not readily biodegradable in nature.

 

On the basis of above results for test chemical, it can be concluded that the test chemical can be expected to be not readily biodegradable in nature.

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