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Toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria

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Key value for chemical safety assessment

EC50 for freshwater algae:
17 000 mg/L

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A 2009 acute toxicity test carried out on Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata demonstrates that DMSO is of very low toxicity to Algae with an EC50 -72h values of 12 and 17 g/L respectively for biomass and growth rate. This result confirms the low toxicity for DMSO and is supported by many references.