Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology
The Science of Pollution, Fourth Edition
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Completely revised and updated, Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Second Edition presents a treatment of ecotoxicology ranging from molecular to global perspectives. The authors focus first on lower levels of organization and then extend their discussion to include landscape, regional, and biospheric topics, imparting a perspective as broad as the the problems facing practicing professionals.
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The authors detail key contaminants of concern, explore their fate and cycling in the biosphere, and discuss bioaccumulation and the effects of contaminants at increasing levels of ecological organization. They cover regulatory aspects of the field in separate chapters that address the technical issues of risk assessment and discuss key U.S. and European legislation in the appendices. Complete with study questions, a detailed glossary, and vignettes by various experts exploring special topics in ecotoxicology, Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Second Edition is an ideal introductory textbook for both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, as well as a valuable reference for professionals.
Table of Contents
Uptake, Biotransformation, Detoxification, Elimination, and Accumulation
Factors Influencing Bioaccumulation
Bioaccumulation from Food and Trophic Transfer
Molecular Effects and Biomarkers
Cells, Tissues and Organs
Sublethal Effects to Individuals
Acute and Chronic Lethal Effects to Individuals
Effects on Populations
Effects on Communities and Ecosystems
Landscapes to Global Effects
RISK FROM POLLUTANTS
Risk Assessment of Contaminants
Risks from Exposure to Radiation
Appendix 1: International System (SI) of Units Prefixes
Appendix 2: Miscellaneous Conversions
Appendix 3: Summary of U.S. Laws and Regulations
Appendix 4: Summary of European Union Laws and Regulations
Appendix 5: Equations for the Estimation of Contaminant Exposure
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"...an organized and highly readable text...fills an important void…the only published book to-date that is oriented for use as a basic introductory text...Overall this book will be of value to beginning students and to research investigators as a reference tool."
- Gary M. Rand, Florida International University, SETAC News, May 1999