DATABASE: Poisons in the Wild

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Science  12 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5566, pp. 223e
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5566.223e

Need to know the lethal dose of dioxin for bullfrog tadpoles? Want to find out how selenium fouls up the growth and development of ducklings? Track down the harsh consequences of these and many other pollutants at ECOTOX, a storehouse of ecological toxicity information assembled by the Environmental Protection Agency. Drawing on papers, theses, and unpublished reports dating back to 1926, the database records the effects on aquatic and terrestrial creatures of thousands of toxic substances, from actinomycin to zinc. Search by species or chemical to obtain a summary of each study's protocol—including such variables as dosage and duration—a breakdown of the findings, and the original citation.

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