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Toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria

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Description of key information

EC50: 20300 - 43290 mg/L
TGK: 8000 mg/L

Key value for chemical safety assessment

EC50 for freshwater algae:
22 000 mg/L

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The toxicity threshold of methanol for the alga Scenedesmus quadricauda after an exposure of 8 days was reported to be at 8000 mg/L (Bringmann and Kuehn, 1978). EC50 reported by Stratton (1987) with different test species of blue-green algae range between 20300 - 43290 mg/L. The average concentration causing 50% inhibition in growth rate was found to be at 28400 mg/L during an exposure period of 10 – 14 days (Stratton and Smith, 1988). Cho et al. (2008) in a 96h test period report a concentration causing 50% inhibition in growth rate of 22000 mg/L for the green algae Selenastrum capricornutum in a 96h well documented test conducted according to OECD 201 Guideline.