Theory and Application of Tracers

Theory and Application of Tracers

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Examines the use of isotopes in solving research problems in the biological and Earth sciences, demonstrating that the isotope techniques may be applied to a wide range of disciplines and problem areas. The book covers fundamental methods for the use of isotopes in environmental biology, plant physiology, marine chemistry, soil science, isotope geochemistry and related disciplines. It outlines many elements and techniques, presents examples and gives extensive literature references. It also emphasizes current applications. This guidebook describes: the use of isotopes in ecological studies; the use of isotypes in global change studies; modelling of isotope flows for studying biological system processes; applications to research in ecology, plant physiology, soil science, biogeochemistry and global change; techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and autoradiography; and safety and laboratory procedures.
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  • Hardback | 130 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 12.7mm | 395g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • references
  • 0126246505
  • 9780126246506

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction: radioactive and stable isotopes; radiation. Part 2 Experimental isotope additions: tracer experiments; general considerations in isotope experiments; isotope flux experiments; isotope rate measurements. Part 3 Distribution and fractionation of isotopes in the environment: principles of isotopic fractionation; radiocarbon; stable isotopes; stable isotopes - case studies; isotopic records of the environment. Part 4 Safety and laboratory procedure: biological consequences of radioisotope exposure; radiosotope handling and safety. Part 5 Measurement techniques: stable isotopes; radioisotopes.
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