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Age and exposure duration as a factor influencing Cu and Zn toxicity toward Daphnia magna
Muyssen, B.T.A.; Janssen, C.R. (2007). Age and exposure duration as a factor influencing Cu and Zn toxicity toward Daphnia magna. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Saf. 68(3): 436-442
In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Academic Press/Elsevier: Amsterdam, Netherlands etc.. ISSN 0147-6513, more
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    Adaptation; Age; Developmental stages; Duration; Ecotoxicology; Environment; Metal; Reproduction; Toxicity; Zinc; Arthropoda [WoRMS]; Branchiopoda [WoRMS]; Cladocera [WoRMS]; Crustacea [WoRMS]; Daphnia magna Straus, 1820 [WoRMS]; Invertebrata; Fresh water

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  • Muyssen, B.T.A., more
  • Janssen, C.R., more

    Standardized toxicity tests are generally performed with juvenile test organisms, e.g., in Daphnia magna assays neonates < 24 h old are used. The purpose of this research was to investigate the influence of a delayed exposure to Cu and Zn on population parameters and toxicity values derived from these endpoints. Juveniles (< 24 h; TO) and 7-d old daphnids (T7) were exposed for 21 and 14 d, respectively. For Cu, juveniles were significantly more sensitive than 7 d old organisms following acute (48 h) as well as chronic (14 d) exposure. After 14d of exposure to 130μg/L Cu, mortality was 80% and 10% in TO and T7, respectively. Juveniles per surviving female at this concentration decreased by 78% and 14% compared to the control. 14d-NOEC and LOEC values (based on juveniles per surviving female) were 75 and 90 μg/L Cu for TO and both> 130 μg/L for T7. For Zn, survival in TO and T7 was similar. Although T7 organisms produced significantly more offspring, 14d-NOEC and LOEC values were equal to those of TO, i.e., 80 and 115μg/L, respectively. For Cu as well as for Zn effect concentrations based on 14 and 21 d exposure were similar (results from TO). It can be concluded that acute and chronic toxicity data obtained from juvenile D. magna are more sensitive or equally sensitive than obtained from 7 d old organisms. As differences are observed between the two metals extrapolations of these conclusions to other toxicants and other aquatic species cannot be made without further investigation.

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