AQUIRE (aquatic life)

AQUIRE (aquatic life)

The AQUIRE (AQUatic toxicity Information REtrieval) database was established in 1981 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Duluth, MN (MED-Duluth). Scientific papers published both nationally and internationally on the toxic effects of chemicals to aquatic organisms and plants are collected and reviewed for AQUIRE. Independently compiled laboratory data files that include AQUIRE parameters and meet the quality assurance criteria are also included. Aquatic literature has been reviewed and entered into the system, the majority of which encompasses test results reported from 1970 to the present. Toxicity test results and related testing information for any individual chemical from laboratory and field aquatic toxicity tests are extracted and added to AQUIRE. Lethal, sublethal and bioconcentration effects are recorded for freshwater and marine organisms. All AQUIRE data entries have been subjected to established quality assurance procedures. Terrestrial reports can be retrieved as a browser viewable report or as an ASCII delimited file.

AQUIRE is available through the ECOTOX Search Homepage.