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Test Types

There are a variety of approaches for assessing the toxicity of environmental samples with the Microtox Toxicity Test System . Aquatox Research staff can assist clients in the selection of appropriate Microtox tests for the toxicity assessment of samples of interest. A brief description of each of the more prominent tests is provided below.

  • Screening Tests; used with aqueous samples of unknown toxicity in order to define a toxic range.
  • 100% and 90% Tests; used with low toxicity aqueous samples in order to generate a median effective concentration (EC50)
  • Basic Tests; used with aqueous samples for which an approximate toxic range is known in order to generate a EC50.
  • Comparison and Inhibition Tests; used to establish the existence of toxicity through comparisons between a single aqueous sample and a control treatment
  • 100% Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Test; recently developed for use in testing aqueous effluents. Please see results of round robin study conducted in September and December, 1998 (Round Robin Results)
  • Solid-Phase Tests; used with soils or sediments to turbid aqueous samples to generate a EC50