Edited By

  • Erik Jorgensen

Ecotoxicology offers an overview of current ecotoxicological problems. It includes basic ecotoxicological concepts, as well as information about chemicals and toxic substances that may cause harmful effects on the ecosystem and its living components. The book, with a total of 48 chapters, is divided into three parts. The first part includes the basic concepts of ecotoxicology, starting with an introductory chapter on ecotoxicology as a subdiscipline of ecology; assessment on ecotoxicological effects and risk; and properties and effects of toxic chemicals. These topics are further discussed throughout the book, along with nomenclature, focal topics, and the history of ecotoxicology. The two remaining parts tackle harmful properties and harmful chemicals. The second part also covers bioaccumulation, bioavailability, biodegradability, biodegradation, and biomagnification. It also provides models for ecotoxicological populations, ecosystems and landscapes, and on food-web bioaccumulation. Chemicals including benzene, copper, lead, nitrogen, phenols, pheromones, phthalates, plutonium, and uranium are covered in separate chapters in the final part. This book will be of great value to ecologists, ecotoxicologists, and environmental managers.
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Ecologists and Ecological Engineers


Book information

  • Published: April 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53628-0

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Part A: Ecotoxicology as an Ecological Subdiscipline, Basic Concepts


    Ecotoxicology Nomenclature

    Ecotoxicology: The Focal Topics

    Ecotoxicology: The History and Present Directions


    Body Residues

    Assimilative Capacity

    Ecological Risk  Assessment

    Biogeochemical Approaches to Environmental Risk Assessment

Part B: Ecological Effects of Toxic Substances

    Acute and Chronic Toxicity






    Ecological Catastrophe

    Ecotoxicological Model of Populations, Ecosystems, and Landscapes

    Effects of Endocrine Disruptors in Wildlife and Laboratory Animals

    Epidemiological Studies of Reproductive Effects in Humans

    Exposure and Exposure Assessment

    Food-Web Bioaccumulation Models


    Reproductive Toxicity

    Risk Management Safety Factor

    Hill’s Postulates


Part C: Chemicals with Ecotoxicological Effects

    Antagonistic and Synergistic Effects Antifouling Chemicals in Mixture

    Antibiotics in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems



    Crude Oil, Oil, Gasoline and Petrol


    Endocrine Disruptors

    Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals: An Overview

    Halogenated Hydrocarbons



    Persistent Organic Chemicals





    Polychlorinated Biphenyls

    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons


    Synthetic Polymers


    Veterinary Medicines

Appendix 1: The Periodic Table of Ecotoxicology

Appendix 2