Towards a renewed research agenda in ecotoxicology

Joan Artigas, Gertie Arts, Marc Babut, Anna Barra Caracciolo, Sandrine Charles, Arnaud Chaumot, Bruno Combourieu, Ingela Dahllöf, Denis Despréaux, Benoit Ferrari, Nikolai Friberg, Jeanne Garric, Olivier Geffard, Catherine Gourlay-Francé, Michaela Hein, Morten Hjorth, Martin Krauss, Hendrika J. De Lange, Joost Lahr, Kari K. LehtonenTeresa Lettieri, Matthias Liess, Stephen Lofts, Philipp Mayer, Soizic Morin, Albrecht Paschke, Claus Svendsen, Philippe Usseglio-Polatera, Nico van den Brink, Eric Vindimian, Richard Williams

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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. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Pages (from-to)201-206
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Ecotoxicology
  • Research policy
  • Stress ecology
  • Risk assessment


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