Principles of Ecotoxicology

Principles of Ecotoxicology

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Environmental pollution is caused by a wide range of chemicals released as a consequence of human activities. This book aims to identify major classes of pollutants and their environmental fate, before going on to consider the effects that they might have on individual organisms and ecosystems. The book progresses from the molecular basis of pollutant toxicity to consequent effects at higher levels of organization - cellular, whole organism, population, community and ecosystem. The book defines ecotoxicology as the study of the harmful effects of chemicals upon ecosystems. It is an interdisciplinary subject which represents a synthesis of elements from the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, physiology, population ecology and population genetics. In contrast to "classical" toxicology, the ultimate concern is for the effects at the level of populations and consequent effects at the level of populations.show more

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  • Hardback | 321 pages
  • 156 x 235mm | 453g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0748402209
  • 9780748402205

Table of contents

1 Major classes of pollutant, 2 Routes by which pollutants enter ecosystems, 3 Long range movements of pollutants in the environment, 4 The fate of metals and radioactive isotopes in contaminated ecosystems, 5 The fate of organic pollutants in individuals and in ecosystems, 6 Toxicity testing, 7 Biochemical effects of pollutants, 8 Physiological effects of pollutants, 9 Interactive effects of pollutants, 10 Biomarkers, 11 In situ biological monitoring, 12 Changes in numbers: Population dynamics, 13 Evolution of resistance to pollution, 14 Changes in communities and ecosystems, 15 Biomarkers in population studiesshow more

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