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In relation to fire-fighhting foam, ecotoxicity refers to the harmful effects of a chemical substance on ecosystems and the living organisms that inhabit them such as plants, animals, and microorganisms in the environment.

Ecotoxicity can be caused by natural substances or by man-made chemicals, such as pesticides, industrial chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, which may enter the environment through various means, such as air, water, and soil pollution.

The extent of ecotoxicity depends on the dose, duration, and route of exposure, as well as the sensitivity of the exposed organisms.


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