Testing and Assessment Strategies

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Research and development to improve pesticide risk assessment

In addition to the experimental and theoretical work related to the risk assessment of specific plant protection products we work in research and development projects financed by the public sector (e.g. national and international agencies, European Commission) and in several boards and advisory groups to improve methods and approaches for pesticide risk assessment. Through these activities we are also involved in the development of standardized test guidelines and research projects to improve exposure, effect and risk assessment.


Brock, T. C. M., Hammers-Wirtz, M., Hommen, U., Preuss, T. G., Ratte, H.-T., Roessink, I., Strauss, T., Brink, P. J. van den:
The minimum detectable difference (MDD) and the interpretation of treatment-related effects of pesticides in experimental ecosystems. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International: ESPR 22 (2015) No. 2: 1160-1174 (DOI: 10.1007/s11356-014-3398-2)

Kubiak R, Hommen U, Bach M, Classen S, Golla B, Guerniche D, Klein M, Krumpe J, Preuss TG, Ratte H A T, Roß-Nickol M, Schäfers C, Strauss T, Toschk, A, Trapp M:
Georeferenced Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Pesticides – Further Advances in Assessing the Risk to Aquatic Ecosystems by Spray Drift from Permanent Crops. UBA-Texte 05/2014 (Download)

Schäfers, C.:
Ecological approaches to aquatic ecotoxicology challenged by the needs of risk assessment. Fraunhofer IME (Hrsg.), Fraunhofer Verlag, Stuttgart (2013) 200 pp., ISBN 978-3-8396-0542-4 (Download)

Arts G, Davies J, Dobbs M, Ebke P, Hanson M, Hommen U, Knauer K, Loutseti S, Maltby L, Mohr S, Poovey A, Poulsen V.
AMEG: The New SETAC Advisory Group on Aquatic Macrophytes Ecotoxicology. Environ Sci Poll Res. 17 (4) (2010) 820-823 (DOI: 10.1007/s11356-010-0309-z)

Crane M, Groß M, Matthiessen P, Ankley G, Axford S, Bjerregaarde P, Brown R, Chapman P, Dorgeloh M, Galay-Burgosi M, Green J, Hazlerigg C, Janssen J, Lorenzen K, Parrott J, Rufli H, Schäfers C,  Seki M, Stolzenberg HC, van der Hoeven N, Vethaak D, Winfield I, Zok S, Wheeler J:
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis of Test Endpoints for Detecting Endocrine Active Substances in Fish Full Life Cycle Tests. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 6 (3) (2010) 378-389 (DOI: 10.1002/ieam.43)