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Toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria

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Endpoint:
toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
8.10. to 22.10.2015
Reliability:
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
guideline study
Qualifier:
according to guideline
Guideline:
EU Method C.3 (Algal Inhibition test)
Deviations:
yes
Remarks:
The value of EyC50(72h) was not calculated. (see Any other information...)
GLP compliance:
yes (incl. QA statement)
Analytical monitoring:
yes
Details on sampling:
The samples for analysis (0 hours) were prepared at the beginning of the test and immediately delivered in transport box to analytical laboratory.The samples were analyzed on the day of delivery.The samples for analysis at the end of the test (72 hours) were delivered to analytical laboratory immediately after the end of testing.The samples were analyzed on the day of delivery. All samples were stored at laboratory temperature.
Vehicle:
no
Details on test solutions:
The stock solution of the test substance was prepared in the test medium.100 mg of the test substance was weighed into 1000 mL of the test medium for the preliminary and the limit test
Test organisms (species):
Desmodesmus subspicatus (previous name: Scenedesmus subspicatus)
Details on test organisms:
TEST ORGANISM- Common name: Desmodesmus subspicatus- Strain: Desmodesmus subspicatus Brinkmann 1953/SAG 86.81- Source: from the collection of autotrophic organisms of The Botanic Institute of the Czech Academy of Science, Třeboň on date 20.5.2015- Age of inoculum (at test initiation): Inoculum culture was kept 3-4 days under conditions at which the test was performed.- Method of cultivation:The strain culture was preinoculated from the stock solution and cultivated in flasks with the test medium on indirect daylight at laboratory temperature.Algae inoculum for the test was sampled from exponentially growing inoculum culture.ACCLIMATION- Acclimation period:3-4 days- Culturing media and conditions (same as test or not): same as test
Test type:
static
Water media type:
freshwater
Limit test:
yes
Total exposure duration:
72 h
Test temperature:
22.5-23°C
pH:
7.6
Conductivity:
2.17 μS/cm
Nominal and measured concentrations:
100 mg/L100.01 mg/L
Details on test conditions:
Preliminary testRange of nominal concentration: 1-100 mg/lStock solution of the test substance: 100.01 mg/lTest concentrations: 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 mg/lConductivity of deionized water: 1.59 μS/cmpH of the test medium: 7.6Volume of inoculated algae culture: 1.06 mL in 200 mL of mixtureLighting during the test: 8 300 – 8 350 luxTemperature during the test: 23 °CInicial density: 5000 cells per 1mlTesting mixtures were incubated in Erlenmeyers’ flasks. The test contained three parallel series of the test substance concentrations and three controls without the test substance.The flasks were placed on a shaker under the lighting ramp and were incubated under continuous illumination and shaking for 72 hours. At the beginning and the end of the test the pH of the test mixtures was measured. The light intensity and temperature were measured every 24 hours. The density of algae culture was evaluated microscopically at 24, 48 and 72 hours. The cell density was measured by direct counting of living cells in Burker´s counting chamber.Limit testStock solution of the test substance: 100.01 mg/lThe test concentration: 100 mg/lConductivity of deionized water: 2.17 μS/cmpH of the test medium: 7.6Volume of inoculum algae culture: 0.89 mL in 500 mL mixtureLighting during the test: 8 300 – 8 350 luxTemperature during the test: 22.5 – 23.0 °CTesting mixtures were incubated in Erlenmeyers’ flasks. The test contained six parallel series of the test substance concentration and six controls without the test substance.The initial density of 5 000 cells per mL was used in the test. The flasks were placed on a shaker under the lighting ramp and were incubated under continuous illumination and shaking for 72 hours. At the beginning and the end of the test the pH of the test mixtures was measured. The light intensity and temperature were measured every 24 hours. The density of algae culture was evaluated microscopically at 24, 48 and 72 hours. The cell density was measured by direct counting of living cells in Burker´s counting chamber.
Reference substance (positive control):
yes
Remarks:
potassium dichromate
Key result
Duration:
72 h
Dose descriptor:
EC50
Effect conc.:
> 100 mg/L
Nominal / measured:
nominal
Conc. based on:
test mat.
Basis for effect:
growth rate
Duration:
72 h
Dose descriptor:
NOEC
Effect conc.:
< 100 mg/L
Nominal / measured:
nominal
Conc. based on:
test mat.
Basis for effect:
growth rate
Results with reference substance (positive control):
- Results with reference substance valid? yesThe value EC50 for inhibition of growth rate (72h – ErC50) obtained from our last reference test meets thecalculated range from the interlaboratory test.The sensitivity of test species and proficiency of our laboratory in test performance was proved.Reference test: 72 hour – ErC50 = 0.79 mg/L (95% confidence limit: 0.70 – 0.89 mg/L)Interlaboratory test: 72 hour – ErC50 = 0.51 – 1.19 mg/L
Validity criteria fulfilled:
yes
Conclusions:
The inhibition of growth rate was 26.2 % in the limit test.Therefore exact value of ErC50 could not be calculated and the value of EC are given in the form of a range.The determination of NOEC value was done by ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) analysis. Used ANOVA method is the part of statistical software QC.Expert 2.5 © 1998-2000 (product of TriloByte Ltd., Czech Republic). There is stated in the guideline that, if evidence is available to demonstrate that the concentration of the test substance has been satisfactorily maintained within ± 20 per cent of the nominal or measured initial concentration throughout the test, the results can be based on nominal or measured initial values. So the nominal concentrations were used for all evaluations and results.
Executive summary:

The test substance, Reactive Blue 234, was tested for growth inhibition on algae Desmodesmus subspicatus.

The test was performed according to method C.3. - Freshwater Algae and Cyanobacteria, Growth Inhibition Test, Commission Regulation (EC) No. 761/2009, Annex IV.

The preliminary test was performed in a range of the test substance nominal concentrations 1 – 100 mg/L.

The analytical results showed, that the test substance Reactive Blue 234 was sufficiently stable in the test medium at conditions of the test in concentration range 1 – 100 mg/L.

The highest inhibition of growth rate was 28.8 % and the highest inhibition of yield was 68.7 % in the preliminary test. Based on no toxicity of the test substance found in preliminary test for growth rate, the limit test was performed subsequently. Only the value of ErC50(72h) is needed for the classification and risk assessment of chemicals, so the value of EyC50(72h) was not calculated.

The concentration of 100 mg/L was tested in the limit test. The inhibition of growth rate was 26.2 %.

The nominal concentrations were used for all evaluations and results, because, if evidence is available to demonstrate that the concentration of the test substance has been satisfactorily maintained within ± 20 per cent of the nominal or measured initial concentration throughout the test, then the results can be based on nominal or measured initial values.

 

Test results:

72 hour – ErC50 > 100 mg/L           (nominal concentration)

72 hour – NOECr < 100 mg/L         (nominal concentration)

Description of key information

The inhibition of growth rate was 26.2 % in the limit test.

Therefore exact value of ErC50 could not be calculated and the value of EC are given in the form of a range.

The determination of NOEC value was done by ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) analysis. Used ANOVA method is the part of statistical software QC.Expert 2.5 © 1998-2000 (product of TriloByte Ltd., Czech Republic).

 

There is stated in the guideline that, if evidence is available to demonstrate that the concentration of the test substance has been satisfactorily maintained within ± 20 per cent of the nominal or measured initial concentration throughout the test, the results can be based on nominal or measured initial values. So the nominal concentrations were used for all evaluations and results.

Key value for chemical safety assessment

EC50 for freshwater algae:
100 mg/L
EC10 or NOEC for freshwater algae:
100 mg/L

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