Special Issue "Sub-Lethal Effects of Emerging Contaminants in Terrestrial and Aquatic Invertebrates"

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecotoxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 319

Special Issue Editors

CESAM – Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: ecotoxicology; combined stressors; mixture toxicity; ecological risk assessment; bioaccumulation assays
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CESAM (Centre for Marine and Environmental Studies), Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: zero-waste; circularity; sustainability; ecotoxicology; pesticides; chemical mixtures; Daphnia magna; multigenerational; genotoxicity; mesocosms; environmental risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of registered substances in the Chemical Abstract Service Registry database. Although the use of chemicals is almost indispensable in our everyday life, the risks that these emerging chemicals may pose still need to be deeply understood. Therefore, there is a need to provide toxicity data for these substances for better environmental risk assessment (ERA) to ensure safety. Typically, ERA is based on short-term acute exposures to a chemical using model organisms, looking at lethal endpoints such as mortality. The complexity of natural environments requires a more realistic and conservative approach, looking to sub-lethal and long-term experiments, wherein behavioural, biochemical, and physiological parameters should be addressed.

Considering that it is aimed that by 2050 all EU soil ecosystems will be in healthy conditions (EU Soil strategy2030) and the EU Water Framework Directive which aims to protect and restore water bodies, an evaluation of the health status of both terrestrial and aquatic compartment is of particular importance. Thus, this special issue on “Sub-lethal effects of emerging contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates” aims to assess the toxic effects of emerging contaminants on soil and aquatic invertebrates.

Original research articles, literature reviews, and short communications are welcome.

Dr. Diogo N. Cardoso
Dr. Ana Rita R. Silva
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxics is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • emerging compounds
  • biochemical biomarkers
  • DNA damage
  • behavioural endpoints
  • invertebrates
  • climate changes
  • risk assessment

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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