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Course, academic year 2020/2021
Environmental Toxicology and Ecotoxicology - AP240001
Title: Environmental Toxicology and Ecotoxicology
Guaranteed by: Department of Environmental Chemistry (240)
Actual: from 2019
Semester: both
Points: 0
E-Credits: 0
Examination process:
Hours per week, examination: 3/0 other [hours/week]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
For type: doctoral
Note: course is intended for doctoral students only
can be fulfilled in the future
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: Kočí Vladimír doc. Ing. Ph.D., MBA
Interchangeability : D240003, P240001
Annotation -
Last update: Pátková Vlasta (19.11.2018)
The main goal of this course is to explain the principles of toxicity testing for industrial purposes like hazardous waste characterisation. The student will be guided through the whole process of toxicity testing from sample collection, planning of experimental design to final data interpretation. Broad spectrum of toxicity tests is demonstrated.
Aim of the course -
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Student will be able to interpret dose-response curve and other toxicity indexes like EC50, NOEC, LOEC etc. Students get knowledge of broad variety of toxicity tests at different trophic levels and biological organisation.

Literature -
Last update: Hlinčík Tomáš doc. Ing. Ph.D. (27.11.2018)

R: Michael C. Newman: Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Ann Arbor Press, Chelsea

A: Wayne G. Landis: Introduction to Environmental Toxicology, Lewis Publishers, CRC Press Company.

Learning resources -
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websites of department 240

Syllabus -
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1.Relationship between chemical analysis and bioassays in an environmental monitoring. Ecotoxicology nad legislation.

2.Toxicity. Design of toxicity testing. Bioconcentration. Bioaccumulation. Biomagnification. Fundamental ecotoxicological indexes and parameters. Dose-response relationship.

3.Determination of toxicity in laboratory. Bioassays.

4.Toxicity testing procedure. Environmental samples. Chemicals testing. Sampling. Pretreatment of samples. Range-finding test. Basic test.

5.Statistical evaluation of toxicity testing. Interpretation of dose-response relationship. Ecotoxicological indexes. Calculations. Multivariate ordination techniques.

6.Biochemical level of toxicity. Molecular effects. Endocrine disruption.

7.Cells, tissues and organs effects. Sublethal effects to Individuals. Acute and Chronic Lethal Effects to Individuals. Effects on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems.

8.Mutagenity testing. Mutagenesis. Teratogenity testing. Endocrine disruptors.

9.Toxicity testing on plants. Aquatic and terrestrial plants. Description of methods. Phytoremediation.

10.Toxicity testing on protozoa. Algal toxicity testing.

11.Toxicity testing on consuments. Crustaceans and zooplancton. Fish testing. Terrestrial toxicity testing. Determination of toxicity of sediments. Toxicity testing on terrestrial consuments. Worms, springtails. Heterogeneity of soil.

12.Toxicity testing on destruents. Bacterial bioassays. Soil enzymatic activity.

13.Biomarkers of exposition. Biomakers of effect. Bioindicators.

14.Mesocosm, microcosms and in-situ toxicity testing.

Course completion requirements -
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Project presentation and final exam.