Environmental Fate & Biodegradation

Environmental fate studies cover assessments across multiple aqueous, soil and sediment matrices and environments. They are required to determine what impact a chemical substance may have once it is released into the environment. These studies give information on the fate and behaviour of chemical products in the environment and contribute to the determination of any risk to human and environmental health.  Environmental Fate studies range in complexity and scope from simple laboratory screening studies examining biodegradation in aqueous media to longer duration simulation tests. We offer a wide range of environmental fate and biodegradation studies using a range of temperatures from 9⁰C up to 35⁰C at ±1°C.
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Scymaris Environmental Fate Facilities

Our capabilities

Our cross-functional team of scientists have earned a strong reputation in addressing many biodegradation and environmental fate challenges associated with the global registration of chemicals, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, biocides and veterinary medicines. In addition to performing a full range of higher and lower tier studies, we also offer customised and bespoke study designs and can provide valuable testing strategies for the most complex and challenging circumstances. For all Environmental Fate studies, metabolite ID analysis may be included as required.

Biodegradation Studies

We have a proven ability to deliver high quality biodegradation studies to assess a compound’s propensity to be readily or inherently biodegradable. Studies are performed in activated sludge, water, and soil. Scymaris has numerous contacts in the UK and Europe to source these test matrices and the various inocula that are classically sourced from waste water treatment plants, rivers, lakes, the sea, fields and forests.  Scymaris is also able to offer analytical chemistry support to a wide range of biodegradation testing as required.

Examples of our Biodegradation services include:

Environmental Fate Studies

We have a proven ability to deliver high quality environmental fate studies to assess a compound’s propensity to degrade in environmental matrices. Typically, we perform studies in activated sludge, water, soil, or a combination of water sediment matrices. Scymaris has numerous contacts in the UK and Europe to source these test matrices, the various inocula are classically sourced from waste water treatment plants, rivers, lakes, the sea, fields and forests. We are also able to offer analytical chemistry support to a wide range of environmental fate testing as required. 

Examples of our Environmental Fate services include:

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If you cannot find the study, you need or require a bespoke study then please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.

Our facilities

Our purpose-built controlled temperature (CT) rooms allow us to consistently maintain a wide range of constant temperatures (9-35°C)at ±1°C to accommodate stringent regulatory requirements. Studies can also be performed under controlled day/night and red-light facilities using radiolabelled (¹⁴C or ³H) or non-labelled compound. Radiolabelled studies are supported by radio-HPLC, radio-TLC or radio-LCMS as required by our integrated team of environmental fate scientists and mass spectrometry experts. 

Testing performed to OECD, OCSPP (OPPTS) and ISO guidelines.

Search our full range of studies by browsing our catalogue.

If you cannot find the study, you need or require a bespoke study then please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.

Why our customers choose us

  • Study directors have direct involvement with study work in our laboratories.
  • Our expertise in method development and mass spectrometry can support the development of extraction, quantification, and identification analysis, which is underpinned with the latest analytical instrumentation.
  • Renowned excellence – trusted by industry leaders.
  • Direct communication with your study director throughout your project.
  • Integrated multi-disciplinary teams across environmental fate and analytical chemistry.
  • Sediment and water capabilities in both freshwater and marine matrices
  • Experienced with a wide range of low and high tier studies and custom/bespoke capabilities.

Search our Environmental Fate tests

We can offer a wide range of study specific standard and non-standard species and study types.

Use our study search below to see all studies or find the specific one for your needs.

If you cannot find the study, you need or require a bespoke study then please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.

Meet your Study Directors

Ruth Commander
Ruth Commander
Head of Environmental Fate
Jimi Crane
Jimi Crane
Study Director
Emily Pratt
Emily Pratt
Study Director