Structure Ecotoxicology and risk assessment

Ecotoxicology and risk assessment

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Ecotoxicology and risk assessment

Division covers research and development, services and education in the field of toxicity and ecotoxicity assessment of major environmental matrices (water, sediments, soil, air). Research is based on number of methods including both in vitro molecular and biochemical approaches and in vivo ecotoxicological models (producers, consumers and decomposers).

Major objectives:

  • understanding (eco)toxicological and genotoxic effects of anthropogenic (namely organic) pollutants in biota including human
  • development of rapid toxicity tests and practical applications of ecotoxicity assays for research of contamination
  • research of ecotoxicological impacts of nutrients (eutrophication), natural toxins and humic substances

Research topics include

  • Research of biochemical and cellular mechanisms of toxicity of organic pollutants; development of novel in vitro techniques for assessment of complex samples
  • Studies of in vivo acute and chronic effects of organic toxic compounds, natural toxins (cyanotoxins) and complex contaminated mixtures
  • Ecological risk assessment of multiple stressors in three major exposure scenarios related to habitat - terrestrial, wetland, aquatic.
  • Human health risk assessment related to contaminated media
    • Soil (dermal contact, ingestion and inhalation)
    • Water (dermal contact, ingestion and inhalation)
    • Air (inhalation exposure)
    • Foodstuff