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 2018 research portfolio under the environmental programme looks as follows:

  • ECO 11.3: UNEW Proposal for a ring-test to revise the marine biodegradation screening test [Extension to ECO 11]
    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)
  • ECO 20.2: 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
  • ECO 25: Development of Soup Tests for the Risk assessment of NER in Soil
    Principal investigator: Joop Harmsen, Alterra Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  • ECO 27: Chemicals: Assessment of Risks to Ecosystem Services (CARES).
    Principal investigator: Dr Lorraine Maltby, University of Sheffield, UK
  • ECO 28: Aquatic Community level assessment of chemical toxicity using ecological scenarios
    Request for Proposals (RfP) advertised in 2014. Selection Team meeting held in February 2015
  • ECO 29: Application of chemostat systems to include adaptation of microbial communities in persistency testing.
    Principal investigator: Dr John Parsons, University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
  • ECO 30.2: 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
  • ECO 31.2: 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
  • ECO 32: Environmental risk assessment of poorly soluble substances: Improved tools for assessing biodegradation, (de)sorption, and modelling
    Principal investigator: Andreas Schäffer, Aachen University, Germany
  • ECO 33: Use and Interpretation of Dietary Bioaccumulation Tests for Hydrophobic Chemicals
    Principal investigator: Frank Gobas, Frank Gobas Environmental Research, Canada
  • ECO 34: A tiered testing strategy for rapid estimation of bioaccumulation by a combined modelling – in vitro testing approach
    Principal investigator: Kristin Schirmer, Eawag, Switzerland
  • ECO 35: Interference of hepatotoxicity with endocrine activity in fish
    Principal investigator: Thomas Braunbeck, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • ECO 37: D-BASS: Developing a Bioaccumulation Assessment Strategy for Surfactants
    Principal investigator: Steven Droge, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • ECO 38: Cross-validation for improving determinations of water solubility for difficult to test substances
    Principal investigator: Philipp Mayer, Technical University of Denmark
  • ECO 39: Review, ring-test and guidance for TKTD modelling
    Principal investigator: Roman Ashauer, University of York, UK
  • ECO 40: 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
  • ECO 41: Refine sediment toxicity testing methods for application to very hydrophobic substances.
    Principal investigator: Dr. Michiel Jonker, IRAS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • ECO 42: Fate-directed Toxicity Testing and Risk Assessment of UVCBs.
    Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Philipp Mayer, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • ECO 43: Refine sediment toxicity testing methods for application to very hydrophobic substances.
    Principal investigator: Dr. Michiel Jonker, IRAS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • ECO 44: A toxicokinetic mammalian modelling framework for B assessment.
    Principal investigator: Dr. Jon Arnot, ARC Arnot Research & Consulting Inc., Canada
  • ECO 45: Implementing an ecosystem services-based approach to chemical risk assessment: A proof of concept study.
    Principal investigator: Prof. Lorraine Maltby, University of Sheffield, UK
  • ECO 46: Improved aquatic Testing and Assessment of cationic Polymers (iTAP).
    Principal investigator: Dr. Hans Sanderson, Aarhus University, Denmark