Dr Hollert's team at the Goethe University in Frankfurt is particularly interested in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that can be affected by human activity. The growing number of chemical pollutants being released into the environment is raising questions about the quality of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The team focuses on the toxicological study of short- and long-term processes and interactions of organisms and species against natural and artificial stress factors.
Professor Henner Hollert's team uses the ZebraBox and the ToxmateLab for their behavioural analysis needs to characterise the harmful effects of pollution on terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.
In a publication from November 2023 in the journal Science of the Total Environment, the team describes their work with ToxmateLab to analyse the behaviour of G.pulex exposed to two pesticides (dichlorvos and mehiocard) and two pharmaceutical substances (diazepam and ibuprofen).


ToxmateLab used for ecotoxicological behavior assessment at Henner Hollert's Lab - Goethe University Frankfurt

Image extracted from Jonas Jourdan et al. publication November 2023


The results of their study showed that the Methiocarb triggered hyperactivity, while invertebrates exposed to dichlorvos showed hypoactivity patterns at a moderate concentration. The same pattern was found on G.Pulex exposed to higher concentration of Ibuprofen.

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A novel approach for the assessment of invertebrate behavior and its use in behavioral ecotoxicology


Thank you to Laura J.Soose, Kim S.Hügl, Jörg Oehlmann, Andreas Schiwy, Henner Hollert and Jonas Jourdan, from the Evolutionary Ecology Environmental Toxicology Department at Goethe Universität in Frankfurt for their work and their implication to protect our environment.


Related Products : ToxmateLab , ZebraLab 

Related Publications 

G.Ruck, A.Decamps, J.B Aubin, H.Quéau, L.Garnero, T.Cavanna, J.L Bertrand-Krajewski, D.Neuzeret, O.Geffard, A.Chaumot 

Avoidance behaviour of aquatic macroinvertebrates for real-time detection of micropollutant surge in wastewater effluents - Water Research - Vol 242 - 15 august 2023 

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