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Toxicity to soil macroorganisms except arthropods

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The terrestrial earthworm, Eisenia fetida, was exposed to ethylbenzene in a simple contact toxicity test following OECD 207 guidelines with acceptable modifications.  

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One key study was identified that evaluated the toxicity of ethylbenzene to soil macro-organisms. This study reported on the toxicity of ethylbenzene determined using a paper contact test to the earthworm, Eisenia fetida, according to the OECD TG 207. Under the conditions of the study, the 48 -hr LC50 (contact test) of ethylbenzene to Eisenia fetida was 0.047 mg/cm2. This study was considered reliable and given a Klimisch score of 2. For the contact test the concentration of test substance is expressed in mg/cm2. An additional, supporting study was available with a reliability score of 4, the

48-hr LC50 value was reported as 0.00493 mg/kg body weight.