Welcome to the DEBtox information page, the site for people that want to make sense of ecotoxicity data! Here, you can find information, a list of publications on DEBtox, and freely downloadable software to analyse your data. Use the major categories on the top left of the screen to navigate through this site; the corresponding sub-categories will appear at the top right.
The mission of DEBtox is to simplify biology to get to the essence of what toxicants (and other stresses) are actually doing to organisms. Simplification is necessary as we cannot expect to test even a small fraction of all possible (combinations of) toxicants, species and environmental conditions. Once we get to the essence, it should be possible to make educated predictions of toxicant effects for untested chemicals, untested species, and under untested conditions.
- For basic information about DEBtox, check out the "about DEBtox" section ...
- For basic information about GUTS, check out the "about GUTS" section ...
- You can find the (experimental) DEBtox Discussion Forum at board.debtox.info.
- For the story behind the "digesting duck", see this WikiPedia entry.
Upcoming courses and events
- The planned training course on mixture toxicity at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre in Mol, Belgium is postponed to Jan/Feb 2014. More info here. This course will include sessions on DEB and DEBtox.
- We will provide an intensive summercourse on "DEBtox" in 2014 in Denmark. More info here.
Opinions are like ...
I sometimes find myself having a strong opinion about things going on in ecotoxicology. My opinion on the NOEC has gotten a dedicated place on this website, where I will follow the developments. For my opinions on other ecotox matters, I will use the dedicated section of the discussion board on "Ecotox Essays". I welcome you to visit this forum, where you can also comment on the essays. If you are plagued by strong opinions too, and would like to contribute, please register on the board and contact me there.
- Jager T (acc.). Reconsidering sufficient and optimal test design in acute toxicity testing. Acc. Ecotoxicology DOI 10.1007/s10646-013-1149-7
- PostDoc position: Exploring chronic illnesses and conditions using the General Unified Threshold model of Survival – a model from ecotoxicology. York, UK. More info here. Deadline 2 December 2013.
- 11 Sept. 2013. Barsi et al (Acc.). Considerations for test design to accommodate energy-budget models in ecotoxicology: a case study for acetone in the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis. Acc. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. DOI 10.1002/etc.2399
- July 2013. Jager et al (acc.) Dynamic energy budgets in population ecotoxicology: applications and outlook. Acc. Ecol. Mod. DOI 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.06.024
- 21 June 2013. Jager and Hansen (2013). Linking survival and biomarker responses over time. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. DOI 10.1002/etc.2258
- 18 June 2013. Elke Zimmer and Ben Martin successfully defended their PhD theses! Congratulations! More info on Elke's thesis and Ben's thesis.
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