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Toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria

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A sample of diesel fuel was tested in an acute algal toxicity study using the WAF methodology and following OECD Guideline 201. The 72 -hour EL50 (loading rate resulting in 50% decrease in growth of algae) was 10 mg/L. The NOEL was 3 mg/L.

Supporting PETROTOX (version 4.01) modelled values are available. The model predicted the LL50 of the substance for P. subcapitata to be 3.40 mg/L and EL10 0.17 mg/L.

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PETROTOX computer model, which combines a partitioning model (used to calculate the aqueous concentration of hydrocarbon components as a function of substance loading) with the Target Lipid Model (used to calculate acute and chronic toxicity of non-polar narcotic chemicals). PETROTOX computes toxicity based on the summation of the aqueous-phase concentrations of hydrocarbon block(s) that represent a petroleum substance and membrane-water partition coefficients (KMW) that describe the partitioning of the hydrocarbons between the water and organism.