Aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife The ECOTOXicology knowledgebase (ECOTOX) is a comprehensive, publicly available knowledgebase providing single chemical environmental toxicity data on aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife.

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Getting Started

  • Use Search if you know exact parameters or search terms (chemical, species, etc.)
  • Use Explore to see what data may be available in ECOTOX (including data plots)

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Exploration by Chemical and Effect Groups

The following example illustrates Exploration by Chemical and Effect groups.

To Explore genetic effect data for Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) effects, the following steps should be completed. For more Search and Explore examples, see Practice Searches.

  1. Select 'Chemicals', Icon for Chemicals, from the Explore page.
  2. Select 'Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)'.
  3. Select 'Explore Data', Explore Data Button (upper right page).
  4. On the Query Filters frame (left side of screen), select 'Genetics' from the Effect Groups drop-down and hit the 'Enter' key on your keyboard.
  5. Select 'Records' at the top of the screen to view the records. Both Terrestrial and Aquatic records are selected by default. To limit by Aquatic or Terrestrial select/de-select 'Aquatic' or 'Terrestrial' from the Query Filters frame
  6. Aquatic Terrestrial toggle button
  7. To view plotted data, select the Plot icon, Icon for Plot from the upper right of the page. An example of the plotted data is below.

    1. Image showing example plot results

New Data Visualizations!

Using the ECOTOX Knowledgebase EXPLORE feature allows you to browse data within ECOTOX and use the data plotting option to view your results. You can interact with the data plots by hovering over specific data points or scrolling to zoom in on specific sections of data.

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You should consult the original scientific paper to ensure an understanding of the context of the data retrieved from ECOTOX.