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.
- 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
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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- 30th April 2010
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