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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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The substance was readily biodegradable (fulfilling the 10-day window) in a standard CO2 evolution study over a period of 28 days.

Key value for chemical safety assessment

Biodegradation in water:
readily biodegradable

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The biodegradability of methyl benzoate was studied in a CO2 evolution test in accordance with EU Method C.4-C over a testing period of 29 days. The test was valid according to the criteria given in the testing guideline. A degradation of 62% of the test substance was found at the end of the testing period (degradation of the reference substance aniline was 69%). The 10-day window was fulfilled.