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Porcellio scaber

 

Woodlice play a critical role in organic matter breakdown for decomposition and related processes that are essential to soil health. Tests measure survival and growth of the woodlouse Porcellio scaber, which is abundant in New Zealand soil litter. Standard woodlice test methods use survival, growth, and reproduction as measured end points to estimate the potential impact of contaminants. We have only developed the growth and survival tests, as breeding occurs at specific times of the year, which makes the reproductive test somewhat less flexible. The woodlouse test methods were based on information outlined in Hornung et al. (1998).

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