One of the very few - if not only - books written exclusively related to this topic. This book comprehensively outlines the principles governing the accumulation of chemicals from the environment by organisms. Packed with tables and diagrams, this work reviews the experimental data available on both terrestrial and aquatic systems. It describes methods which are used to predict bioaccumulation of chemicals from their physicochemical properties. It also reviews environmental and other factors influencing bioaccumulation. This text also includes previously unpublished theoretical explanations of several bioaccumulation processes, including food chain biomagnification. Information in this exceptional volume is useful to government officials involved with environmental management, chemists, biologists, consultants working with chemical waste control, researchers, and graduate students.
1. Introduction 2. Evaluation of the Bio-Concentration Factor, Biomagnification Factor, and Related Physicochemical Properties of Organic Compounds 3. General Characteristics of Organic Compounds Which Exhibit Bioaccumula-tion 4. Environmental Routes Leading to the Bioaccumulation of Lipophilic Chemicals 5. The Partition Mechanism 6. Bioconcentration of Lipophilic and Hydrophobic Compounds by Aquatic Organisms 7. Biomagnification of Lipophilic Compounds in Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems 8. Bioaccumulation of Metallic Substances and Organometallic Compounds 9. Achievements and Challenges in Bioaccumulation Research