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.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of the theory and application of global ecology
  • International focus and range of ecosystems makes Ecotoxicology an indispensable resource to scientists
  • Based on the bestselling Encyclopedia of Ecology
  • Full-color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding


Ecologists and Ecological Engineers

Table of Contents

Contents List of Contributors Preface Part A: Ecotoxicology as an Ecological Subdiscipline, Basic Concepts     Introduction     Ecotoxicology Nomenclature     Ecotoxicology: The Focal Topics     Ecotoxicology: The History and Present Directions     Dose–Response     Body Residues     Assimilative Capacity     Ecological Risk  Assessment     Biogeochemical Approaches to Environmental Risk Assessment Part B: Ecological Effects of Toxic Substances     Acute and Chronic Toxicity     Bioaccumulation     Bioavailability     Biodegradability     Biodegradation     Biomagnification     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     Mutagenesis     Reproductive Toxicity     Risk Management Safety Factor     Hill’s Postulates     Teratogenesis Part C: Chemicals with Ecotoxicological Effects     Antagonistic and Synergistic Effects Antifouling Chemicals in Mixture     Antibiotics in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems     Benzene     Copper     Crude Oil, Oil, Gasoline and Petrol     Dioxin     Endocrine Disruptors     Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals: An Overview     Halogenated Hydrocarbons     Lead     Nitrogen     Persistent Organic Chemicals     Phenols     Pheromones     Phthalates     Plutonium     Polychlorinated Biphenyls     Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons     Radioactivity     Synthetic Polymers     Uranium     Veterinary Medicines Appendix 1: The Periodic Table of Ecotoxicology Appendix 2 Index


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