Test No. 246: Bumblebee, Acute Contact Toxicity Test
This test guideline is a laboratory test method, designed to assess the acute contact
toxicity of pesticides and other chemicals to adult worker bumblebees.
Adult worker bumblebees are exposed to the test chemical dissolved in an appropriate
carrier, by direct application to the dorsal thorax (droplet). The test duration is
at least 48 h. Mortality is recorded daily and compared with control values. Results
are analysed in order to calculate the LD50 and NOED, if possible, at 24 h & 48 h
and furthermore at 72 h & 96 h in case the study is prolonged.
Published on October 09, 2017Also available in: French
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