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Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology
The Science of Pollution, Fourth Edition

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ISBN 9781566705981
Published December 26, 2002 by CRC Press
480 Pages - 136 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

See what's new in this edition:

  • A comprehensive chapter on the nature, transport, and fate of major classes of contaminants in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems
  • Side bars containing vignettes by leaders in the field let you benefit from the experience of diverse practitioners in the field
  • An appendix covering European environmental regulations

    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

    Environmental Contaminants

    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 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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    Gloucester Point, VA, USA

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    " 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

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