The Integrated Biomarker Response (IBR) is one of the most used index in biomonitoring, especially the IBRv2 integrating a reference condition. However, some limitations remain for its routine and large-scale use. The IBRv2 is proportional to the total number of biomarkers, is dependent on the nature of biomarkers and considers all biomarkers modulations, even small and biologically non-significant. In addition, IBRv2 relies on reference values but the references are often different between each study, making it difficult to compare results between studies and/or campaigns. To overcome these limitations, the present work proposed a new index called IBR-T ("Integrated Biomarker Response - Threshold") which considers the threshold values of biomarkers by limiting the calculation of the IBR value to biomarkers with significant modulations. The IBRv2 and the IBR-T were calculated and compared on four datasets from active biomonitoring campaigns using Dreissena polymorpha, a bivalve widely used in freshwater biomonitoring studies. The comparison between indices has demonstrated that the IBR-T presents a better correlation (0.907 < r2<0.998) with the percentage of biomarkers significantly modulated than the IBRv2 (0.002 < r2<0.759). The IBRv2 could not be equal to 0 (0.915<intercept <1.694) because the value was dependent on the total number of biomarkers, whereas the IBR-T reached 0 when no biomarker was significantly modulated, which appears more biologically relevant. The final ranking of sites was different between the two index and the IBR-T ranking tends to be more ecologically relevant that the IBRv2 ranking. This IBR-T have shown an undeniable interest for biomonitoring and could be used by environmental managers to simplify the interpretation of large datasets, directly interpret the contamination status of the site, use it to decision-making, and finally to easily communicate the results of biomonitoring studies to the general public.

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