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Environ Pollut. 2012 Jan;160(1):201-6. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2011.08.011. Epub 2011 Oct 20.

Towards a renewed research agenda in ecotoxicology.

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Cemagref, UR MALY, 3 Quai Chauveau, F-69336 Lyon Cedex 09, France.


New concerns about biodiversity, ecosystem services and human health triggered several new regulations increasing the need for sound ecotoxicological risk assessment. The PEER network aims to share its view on the research issues that this challenges. PEER scientists call for an improved biologically relevant exposure assessment. They promote comprehensive effect assessment at several biological levels. Biological traits should be used for Environmental risk assessment (ERA) as promising tools to better understand relationships between structure and functioning of ecosystems. The use of modern high throughput methods could also enhance the amount of data for a better risk assessment. Improved models coping with multiple stressors or biological levels are necessary to answer for a more scientifically based risk assessment. Those methods must be embedded within life cycle analysis or economical models for efficient regulations. Joint research programmes involving humanities with ecological sciences should be developed for a sound risk management.

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