Current Insights

ibacon’s bespoke facilities enable year-round environmental risk assessment of Non-Target Terrestrial Plants

28th October 2020

Carrying out environmental risk assessment testing on outdoor Non-Target Terrestrial Plants (NTTP) is something that is dependent on the season. In many regions around the world the testing of NTTP is restricted to the growing season.

Xenopus Embryonic Thyroid Assay in co-operation with Laboratoire Watchfrog

31st July 2019 - 31st December 2019

Amphibian metamorphosis is controlled by thyroid hormones and is associated with TH/bZIP gene expression. This process can be made visible through use of the "Green Fluorescent Protein" (GFP); exhibiting bright green fluorescence under TH/bZIP gene expression.

New archive room

1st December 2016 - 31st December 2016

2016 is a successfull year. A huge amount of studies has already been finalised and the studies as well as the relating data need to be securely stored according to GLP regulations.

Gyceria maxima ring test

The risk assessment portfolio for aquatic plants still lacks a test that can be conducted for rooted monocotyledonous plants. In cases where

Bumble bee semi-field study - ibacon establishes new study design

17th December 2015

The global decline of pollinators (honey bees, bumble bees, solitary bees) has been a research topic for the last couple of years, as these insects play a pivotal role in crop and food production as well as for maintenance of plant biodiversity.

Scientists discuss several factors involved in this decline, among them habitat loss, diseases, parasites, beekeeping techniques, and for agricultural areas plant protection products. Especially plant protection products have received considerable public attention and regulatory agencies all over the world have indroduced new testing requirements for the environmental risk assessment of these substances.

For bumble bees (Bombus spp.) there have been only few guidelines available so far. To fill this gap, ibacon is currently developing testing designs and GLP-protocols for several additional bumble bee studies.

One of these study designs is the “Bumble bee study in tunnels under semi-field conditions”. The protocol was adapted from the existing protocols for honey bee semi-field and field studies. Our intention was to develop suitable methodologies and to define appropriate endpoints for statistical evaluation.