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U.S. EPA'S ECOTOX DATABASE
Russom, C L. U.S. EPA'S ECOTOX DATABASE. Presented at Joint Regional SETAC/SOT Annual Meeting, USEPA, Duluth, MN, April 9-10, 2002.
In formulating hypothesis related to extrapolations across species and/or chemicals, the ECOTOX database provides researchers a means of locating high quality ecological effects data for a wide-range of terrestrial and aquatic receptors. Currently the database includes more than 365,000 individual effect records abstracted from 17,717 publications, representing over 7,900 chemicals and 5,400 aquatic terrestrial species. The primary source of the data included in ECOTOX is the peer-reviewed literature, with test results identified through comprehensive searches of the open literature. All pertinent information on the species, chemical, test methods, and results presented by the authors are abstracted into the database. ECOTOX also includes third-party data sets electronically transferred from various U.S. and International government agencies. The comprehensive nature of the collection itself in relation to species and chemical coverage and the rigorous encoding of all relevant test conditions and results presented by the author makes the database amenable for use in ranking and prioritization exercises as well as for modeling purpose. In addition, the user-friendly interface, which allows simple or complex queries, and the public availability of the database provides clients a cost-effective means of collecting standardized and critically needed effects data for a wide variety of ecological risk assessments.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB
MID-CONTINENT ECOLOGY DIVISION
ECOTOXICOLOGY ANALYSIS RESEARCH