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Inter-lab testing of Hyalella azteca water and sediment methods: 1 background and overview of the 42-d survival, growth and reproduction test
Norberg-King, T., R. Hockett, Dave Mount, D. Riecks-Soucek, C. Ingersoll, C. Ivey, W. Brumbaugh, AND L. Taylor. Inter-lab testing of Hyalella azteca water and sediment methods: 1 background and overview of the 42-d survival, growth and reproduction test. SETAC, Vancouver, BC, CANADA, November 09 - 13, 2014.
Over the past four years, USEPA-Duluth, USGS-Columbia, the Illinois Natural History Survey, and Environment Canada have been conducting studies to refine the USEPA and ASTM International methods for conducting 10- to 42-d water or sediment toxicity exposures with the amphipod Hyalella azteca. However, in advance of revising the methods for conducting water or sediment tests with H. azteca, we wanted to determine if additional laboratories following these revised methods could also demonstrate improved performance of H. azteca. Twenty-five laboratories volunteered to participate in an inter-laboratory study to evaluate H. azteca 10- to 42-d sediment or water exposures. Goals of the inter-laboratory study were to: 1) Determine whether the proposed new diets and water requirements will result in strong growth/reproduction of H. azteca in exposures across a range of laboratories, 2) Determine whether use of the new diets/water will support increases in minimum control performance of H. azteca in water or sediment exposures (e.g., weight, reproduction), 3) Determine if there are other diets or waters that are better than those being proposed. All labs were asked to prioritize two treatments for the water-only tests: 1) A diet of diatoms (Thalassiosira weissflogii) and flaked fish food (Tetramin®) with both rations increased weekly and 2) A diet of the same rations of Tetramin® combined with a fixed ration of yeast-cereal leaves-trout chow (YCT). Both diets were tested over a sand substrate using a water containing =15 mg Cl/L and =0.02 mg Br/L, but labs chose whether to renew the overlying water daily or use a 3X week water replacement. Beyond these two basic treatments, participating labs were also encouraged to test alternate substrates, control sediments, diets, or waters of interest to them. This presentation will cover the background studies on the waters and foods, the test procedures for the sediment and water-only test method, the various matrices evaluated by labs in the study, and describe the study design for the interlaboratory study.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY
MID-CONTINENT ECOLOGY DIVISION