Environmental Research Liaison Teams

The LRI Environment Monitoring Team overseas programme development and funded research in environmental subjects such as cross taxonomic biotransformation potential, a BCF database, a strategy to predict acute fish lethality using fish cell lines and fish embryos, QSARs, the bridge between environmental fate & human health effects modelling, biomagnification, PBTs, omics, biodegradation & persistance and mode of action.

The current 2017 research portfolio under the environmental programme looks as follows:

  • ECO11.2: Towards rationally designed hazard, risk and persistency assessment: Putting the “bio” back into biodegradability tests
    Principal investigator: Dr. Russell Davenport, University of Newcastle, UK (Eco 11 workshop on the improvement of the OECD 306 screening test held 17-18 February 2015 at CEFAS Laboratories, Lowestoft UK)
  • ECO20.2: Development of an alternative testing strategy for the fish early life-stage test for predicting chronic toxicity
    Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Dries Knapen, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • ECO25: Development of Soup Tests for the Risk assessment of NER in Soil
    Principal investigator: Joop Harmsen, Alterra Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • ECO27: Chemicals: Assessment of Risks to Ecosystem Services (CARES).
    Principal investigator: Dr Lorraine Maltby, University of Sheffield, UK
  • ECO28: Aquatic Community level assessment of chemical toxicity using ecological scenarios
    Request for Proposals (RfP) advertised in 2014. Selection Team meeting held in February 2015
  • ECO29: Application of chemostat systems to include adaptation of microbial communities in persistency testing.
    Principal investigator: Dr John Parsons, University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
  • ECO30.2: Expanding the applicability domain of the chemical activity approach for hazard and risk assessment
    Principal investigator: Jon Arnot and James M. Armitage, ARC Arnot Research & Consulting Inc., Toronto, Canada
  • ECO31: Identifying strategies that will provide greater confidence in estimating the degradation rates of organic chemicals in water, soil, and sediment
    Principal investigator: Damian Helbling, Cornell University, USA
  • ECO32: Environmental risk assessment of poorly soluble substances: Improved tools for assessing biodegradation, (de)sorption, and modelling
    Principal investigator: Andreas Schäffer, Aachen University, Germany
  • ECO33: Use and Interpretation of Dietary Bioaccumulation Tests for Hydrophobic Chemicals
    Principal investigator: Frank Gobas, Frank Gobas Environmental Research, Canada
  • ECO34: A tiered testing strategy for rapid estimation of bioaccumulation by a combined modelling – in vitro testing approach
    Principal investigator: Kristin Schirmer, Eawag, Switzerland
  • ECO35: Interference of hepatotoxicity with endocrine activity in fish
    Principal investigator: Thomas Braunbeck, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • ECO37: D-BASS: Developing a Bioaccumulation Assessment Strategy for Surfactants
    Principal investigator: Steven Droge, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • ECO38:
    Cross-validation for improving determinations of water solubility for difficult to test substances
    Principal investigator: Philipp Mayer, Technical University of Denmark
  • ECO39: Review, ring-test and guidance for TKTD modelling
    Principal investigator: Roman Ashauer, University of York, UK
  • ECO40: Investigations on the bioconcentration of xenobiotics in the freshwater amphipod Hyalella azteca and inter-laboratory comparison of a new BCF test protocol
    Principal investigator: Christian Schlechtriem, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany