Selecting bioassay test species at the screening level of soil ecological risk assessments

Dokyung Kim, Tae Yang Lee, Lia Kim, Rongxue Cui, Jin Il Kwak, Haemi Kim, Sun Hwa Nam, Minjin Kim, Wonjae Hwang, Ji In Kim, Seunghun Hyun, Youn Joo An

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For site-specific soil ecological risk assessments (SERAs), an integrated chemical, ecotox-icological, and ecological analysis needs to be performed. The SERA guidelines of international institutions and countries recommend that a SERA be initiated at the screening level to save time and social economic cost; however, they provide no unified test species for this screening level. This study performed SERAs for field soils and confirmed the importance of selecting bioassay test species that reflect the ecotoxicity of field soils at the screening level. To confirm test species that reflect the ecological risk of field soils, correlation analysis was performed on the results of each bioassay with the integrated ecotoxicological risk index (EtoxRI). Our results showed that soil algae, nematodes, and plants were the most representative species in soil assays, with high correlation coefficients with EtoxRI. The results imply the importance of selecting test species that represent ecological risk for the screening level of SERAs. Based on these findings, when using SERAs, species sensitivity, ecological relevance, and economic aspects should be considered when selecting the bioassay test species.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4314
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institute of Environment Research (NIER), funded by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of the Republic of Korea (NIER-SP2020-223). This research was funded by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and future planning (2020R1A2B5B02001734). This paper was also supported by the Konkuk University Research Fund in 2020, and the MOE through the graduate school of specialization for safe management of chemicals.

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Ecological risk index
  • Site specific
  • Soil ecological risk assessment
  • Test species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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