This research will increase knowledge on the sources and fate of plant produced natural ecotoxins and their effects on soil ecosystem structure and functioning.
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and WRc will examine whether data on natural ecotoxins can be used to predict the fate and effects of synthetic ecotoxins in the soil environment. This will lead to the development of guidance for risk assessments of synthetic ecotoxins, taking account of different ecosystem resilience. A comparative risk assessment scheme will be developed for natural versus synthetic ecotoxins in soil ecosystems.
The project is funded by the American Chemical Society. The research started in April 2002 and will complete in 2006
This research will establish when data on natural ecotoxins can be used as a surrogate to provide extrapolated values for risk assessments of synthetic ecotoxins. This will enable biologically/ecological based environmental criteria and cleanup standards to be established.