English Abstract Daphnia magna is used as a model organism to study the
consequences of the impact of mutagenic chemicals to natural populations.
In order to use D.magna as a model organism in mutagenicity research,
proper test parameters had to be selected first. These parameters should be
indicative of a relevant effect on the population after exposure to a
mutagenic chemical. In a literature study several D.magna fitness
parameters were examined. The phototactic respons and life-history
parameters seemed to be suitable parameters. The life history parameters of
five genetically different clones were examined experimentally to test
whether these parameters can be used to distinguish between genetically
different daphnids. The results showed that life-history parameters are the
most promising test parameters to measure the possibly adverse effects on
daphnids that are exposed to a mutagenic compound.