Algae are extensively used as a biosensor for the evaluation of aquatic toxicity during the environmental risk assessment of chemicals. The mandatory test conditions for regulatory assays are defined on the OECD guideline 201 and ISO standard 8692. However, the large test volume required make the methodology time-consuming and impractical for early discovery phases.
Biobide offers a fast and cost-effective screening assay to assess the aquatic toxicity of chemicals: The Miniaturized Alga Growth-Inhibition Assay. This scaled-down version of the standard assay is carried out in microplate format, requires low test volumes, and is suitable for high-throughput screening purposes. This novel assay reduces the cost, as well as quantity of test substance required, enhancing the efficiency and productivity in order to minimize risk during the development process.