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SETAC EUROPE - German-Language Branch (SETAC GLB) is a regional branch of SETAC Europe, representing the interests of SETAC in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. SETAC GLB provides an open forum for scientists and institutions engaged in the study of environmental problems, management and regulation of natural resources, education, research and development, and manufacturing.

This anniversary collection presents an overview of the current state of ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry in German-speaking countries and of the main developments and key topics within SETAC GLB.

Edited by:  Jochen Zubrod, Bettina Hitzfeld, Marion Junghans, Anja Kehrer, Rolf Düring, Peter Ebke, Dominic Kaiser, Anja Kehrer, Silvio Knaebe, Nadine Ruchter, Tobias Frische and Henner Hollert


  1. Content type: Editorial

    Pesticides contribute to this reduction of biodiversity in ecosystems. Obviously, environmental risk assessment did not prevent adverse pesticide effects on non-target organisms. This called for an identificat...

    Authors: Matthias Liess, Toni Ratte, Peter Ebke and Henner Hollert

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2019 31:13

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  2. Content type: Editorial

    This editorial presents the objectives and achievements of the German Language Branch of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC GLB), a regional branch of SETAC Europe, of the last...

    Authors: Jochen P. Zubrod, Rolf-Alexander Düring, Klaus P. Ebke, Dominic Englert, Tobias Frische, Bettina Hitzfeld, Marion Junghans, Dominic Kaiser, Anja Kehrer, Silvio Knaebe, Nadine Ruchter and Henner Hollert

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2019 31:9

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  3. Content type: RESEARCH

    Zebrafish have been increasingly used for monitoring and assessing the effects of different contaminants in the aquatic environments. In the present study, zebrafish embryos and larvae were used to study the e...

    Authors: Mirna Velki, Carina Lackmann, Alejandro Barranco, Amaia Ereño Artabe, Sandra Rainieri, Henner Hollert and Thomas-Benjamin Seiler

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2019 31:4

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  4. Content type: DISCUSSION

    All chemicals form non-extractable residues (NER) to various extents in environmental media like soil, sediment, plants and animals. NER can be quantified in environmental fate studies using isotope-labeled (s...

    Authors: Andreas Schäffer, Matthias Kästner and Stefan Trapp

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:51

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  5. Content type: Review

    The numbers of potential neurotoxicants in the environment are raising and pose a great risk for humans and the environment. Currently neurotoxicity assessment is mostly performed to predict and prevent harm t...

    Authors: J. B. Legradi, C. Di Paolo, M. H. S. Kraak, H. G. van der Geest, E. L. Schymanski, A. J. Williams, M. M. L. Dingemans, R. Massei, W. Brack, X. Cousin, M.-L. Begout, R. van der Oost, A. Carion, V. Suarez-Ulloa, F. Silvestre, B. I. Escher…

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:46

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  6. Content type: RESEARCH

    Species reproduction is an important determinant of population dynamics. As such, this is an important parameter in environmental risk assessment. The closure principle computational approach test (CPCAT) was ...

    Authors: René Lehmann, Jean Bachmann, Bilgin Karaoglan, Jens Lacker, Glenn Lurman, Christian Polleichtner, Hans Toni Ratte and Monika Ratte

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:50

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  7. Content type: Discussion

    Soil is one of our most important resources and fulfills many ecological functions such as storage and filtration of water and nutrients, transformation of chemical compounds and nutrients, biomass production,...

    Authors: Janine W. Y. Wong, Bettina Hitzfeld, Michael Zimmermann, Inge Werner and Benoît J. D. Ferrari

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:49

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  8. Content type: Research

    Semi-natural plant communities such as field boundaries play an important ecological role in agricultural landscapes, e.g., provision of refuge for plant and other species, food web support or habitat connecti...

    Authors: Jette Reeg, Simon Heine, Christine Mihan, Sean McGee, Thomas G. Preuss and Florian Jeltsch

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:44

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  9. Content type: Review

    In the past, cases of PCDD/F and PCB contamination exceeding limits in food from animal origin (eggs, meat or milk) were mainly caused by industrially produced feed. But in the last decade, exceedances of EU l...

    Authors: Roland Weber, Christine Herold, Henner Hollert, Josef Kamphues, Markus Blepp and Karlheinz Ballschmiter

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:42

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  10. Content type: Editorial

    This commentary is an introduction for students to the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and its Student Advisory Council (SAC). As young academics face challenges while trying to devel...

    Authors: Simon Lüderwald, Kymberly Newton, Katharina Heye, Kristina Bitter, Samuel Moeris, Lena Benner, Paul Böhm, Josef Koch, Alexander Feckler, Mafalda Castro and Andreas Erikkson

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:41

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  11. Content type: Research

    Few suitable and standardized test methods are currently available to test the effects of genetically modified plants (GMP) on non-target organisms. To fill this gap and improve ecotoxicological testing for GM...

    Authors: Stephan Jänsch, Johannes Bauer, David Leube, Mathias Otto, Jörg Römbke, Hanka Teichmann and Karolina Waszak

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:38

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  12. Content type: Research

    Available literature and regulatory studies show that the severity of effects of beta-cyfluthrin (a synthetic pyrethroid) on fish is influenced by the magnitude and duration of exposure. To investigate how the...

    Authors: Elke I. Zimmer, Thomas G. Preuss, Steve Norman, Barbara Minten and Virginie Ducrot

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:36

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  13. Content type: Discussion

    The definition of priority substances (PS) according to the Water Framework Directive (WFD) helped to remove many of these chemicals from the market and to reduce their concentrations in the European water bod...

    Authors: Werner Brack, Beate I. Escher, Erik Müller, Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen, Tobias Schulze, Jaroslav Slobodnik and Henner Hollert

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:33

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  14. Content type: Research

    The contamination of aquatic ecosystems with both anthropogenic pollutants and particles in particular (microscopic) plastic debris items is of emerging concern. Since plastic particles can accumulate contamin...

    Authors: Sven Seidensticker, Peter Grathwohl, Jonas Lamprecht and Christiane Zarfl

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:30

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  15. Content type: Research

    Chemical quality of sediment and suspended particulate matter (SPM) is usually assessed by total chemical concentrations (Ctotal). However, the freely dissolved concentration (Cfree) is the ecologically more rele...

    Authors: Nora Claire Niehus, Sabine Schäfer, Christel Möhlenkamp and Gesine Witt

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:28

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  16. Content type: Research

    Chironomids, or non-biting midges, often dominate stream invertebrate communities in terms of biomass, abundance, and species richness and play an important role in riverine food webs. Despite these clear fact...

    Authors: Arne J. Beermann, Vera M. A. Zizka, Vasco Elbrecht, Viktor Baranov and Florian Leese

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:26

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  17. Content type: Research

    In situ exposure of rainbow trout up- and downstream of differently equipped wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and subsequent analyses of micronuclei frequencies and hepatic EROD activities were used to eval...

    Authors: Sabrina Wilhelm, Stefanie Jacob, Michael Ziegler, Heinz-R. Köhler and Rita Triebskorn

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:25

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  18. Content type: Research

    The overall aim of the interdisciplinary research project “PharmCycle” is to reduce the contamination of the aquatic environment with antibiotics by developing sustainable antibiotics, improving the environmen...

    Authors: Jörg Andrä, Falk Beyer, Gesine Cornelissen, Jörn Einfeldt, Jens Heseding, Klaus Kümmerer, Kim Oelkers and Carolin Floeter

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:24

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  19. Content type: Review

    The aim of ecotoxicology is to study toxic effects on constituents of ecosystems, with the protection goal being populations and communities rather than individual organisms. In this ecosystem perspective, the...

    Authors: Kristina Rehberger, Christian Kropf and Helmut Segner

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:23

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  20. Content type: Research

    Although the crucial importance of sediments in aquatic systems is well-known, sediments are often neglected as a factor in the evaluation of water quality assessment. To support and extend previous work in th...

    Authors: Mona Schweizer, Andreas Dieterich, Núria Corral Morillas, Carla Dewald, Lukas Miksch, Sara Nelson, Arne Wick, Rita Triebskorn and Heinz-R. Köhler

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:22

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  21. Content type: Research

    Rivers receive water and associated organic micropollutants from their entire catchment, including from urban, agricultural and natural sources, and constitute an important environmental component for catalyzi...

    Authors: Maximilian E. Müller, Beate I. Escher, Marc Schwientek, Martina Werneburg, Christiane Zarfl and Christian Zwiener

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:20

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  22. Content type: Review

    Per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC) do not occur naturally in the environment and are, therefore, of anthropogenic origin. As a consequence of their wide range of everyday applications and their extreme p...

    Authors: Karl Theo von der Trenck, Rainer Konietzka, Annegret Biegel-Engler, Jan Brodsky, Andrea Hädicke, Arnold Quadflieg, Rudolf Stockerl and Thorsten Stahl

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:19

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  23. Content type: Research

    Cationic polyacrylamide copolymers (PAMs) are used for sludge dewatering in municipal waste water treatment and might enter the environment by spreading of the sludge on agricultural land. Concern has been exp...

    Authors: Dieter Hennecke, Angela Bauer, Monika Herrchen, Erik Wischerhoff and Friedhelm Gores

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:16

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  24. Content type: Review

    Construction products are in contact with water (e.g., rain, seepage water) during their service lifetime and may release potentially harmful compounds by leaching processes. Monitoring studies showed that com...

    Authors: Nicole Bandow, Stefan Gartiser, Outi Ilvonen and Ute Schoknecht

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:14

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  25. Content type: Research

    The increasing production of nanoplastics and the fragmentation of microplastics into smaller particles suggest a plausible yet unclear hazard in the natural environment, such as soil. We investigated the shor...

    Authors: T. T. Awet, Y. Kohl, F. Meier, S. Straskraba, A.-L. Grün, T. Ruf, C. Jost, R. Drexel, E. Tunc and C. Emmerling

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:11

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  26. Content type: Discussion

    Persistent plastics, with an estimated lifetime for degradation of hundreds of years in marine conditions, can break up into micro- and nanoplastics over shorter timescales, thus facilitating their uptake by m...

    Authors: Frederic Gallo, Cristina Fossi, Roland Weber, David Santillo, Joao Sousa, Imogen Ingram, Angel Nadal and Dolores Romano

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:13

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  27. Content type: Discussion

    This position paper intends to stimulate a profound rethinking of contemporary agricultural practice. We criticise the current intensity of chemical plant protection in Germany as ecologically unsustainable an...

    Authors: Tobias Frische, Sina Egerer, Steffen Matezki, Christina Pickl and Jörn Wogram

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:8

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  28. Content type: Research

    Short-chain PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are widely used as alternatives to long-chain PFASs. Long-chain PFASs become gradually regulated under REACH (EC No. 1907/2006) and other international r...

    Authors: Stephan Brendel, Éva Fetter, Claudia Staude, Lena Vierke and Annegret Biegel-Engler

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:9

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  29. Content type: Research

    Increasing amounts of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in wastewater can reach the aquatic environment by passing through the sewage treatment plant (STP). NPs can induce ecotoxicological effects due to their sp...

    Authors: Sebastian Kühr, Stefanie Schneider, Boris Meisterjahn, Karsten Schlich, Kerstin Hund-Rinke and Christian Schlechtriem

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:7

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  30. Content type: Review

    Nanoparticles serve various industrial and domestic purposes which is reflected in their steadily increasing production volume. This economic success comes along with their presence in the environment and the ...

    Authors: Mirco Bundschuh, Juliane Filser, Simon Lüderwald, Moira S. McKee, George Metreveli, Gabriele E. Schaumann, Ralf Schulz and Stephan Wagner

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2018 30:6

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  31. Content type: Commentary

    Green Toxicology refers to the application of predictive toxicology in the sustainable development and production of new less harmful materials and chemicals, subsequently reducing waste and exposure. Built up...

    Authors: Sarah E. Crawford, Thomas Hartung, Henner Hollert, Björn Mathes, Bennard van Ravenzwaay, Thomas Steger-Hartmann, Christoph Studer and Harald F. Krug

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2017 29:16

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  32. Content type: Commentary

    This article gives a comprehensive overview on the strategy, the development and the progress of the German postgraduate degree program in ecotoxicology (SETAC GLB and GDCh). The program soon prompted positive...

    Authors: Klaus Peter Ebke, Jan Ahlers, Thomas Braunbeck, Jörg Oehlmann, Toni Ratte, Ralf B. Schäfer, Adolf Eisenträger and Andreas Schäffer

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2016 28:19

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  33. Content type: Review

    Due to the widespread use and durability of synthetic polymers, plastic debris occurs in the environment worldwide. In the present work, information on sources and fate of microplastic particles in the aquatic...

    Authors: Karen Duis and Anja Coors

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2016 28:2

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