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NOEC (56d) = ≥ 40 kg test item/ha ( ≥20 mg a.i./kg soil dw, nominal, nitrate formation, BBA Part VI, 1-1)

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One study investigating the toxicity of zinc bis dimethyldithiocarbamate (CAS No. 137-30-4) to soil microorganisms was available (Wachter, 1999). This test was conducted according to BBA Guideline, Part VI, 1-1 (1990), under GLP conditions. The test material was incubated in two different soil types (sandy and sandy loam) for 56 days at two concentration rates (4 kg/ha (3.04 kg a.i./ha) and 40 kg/ha (30.4 kg a.i./ha)). The results found in the treatment groups regarding nitrogen turnover (measured as inorganic nitrogen content after 28 days) and short term respiration rates did not differ significantly from those in the controls. Therefore, the impact of this substance on soil microorganisms activity can be considered as negligible (NOEC (56d): 30.4 kg a.i./ha).