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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.


Ecologists and Ecological Engineers

Hardbound, 402 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-444-53628-0


  • 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



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