Introduction to Ecotoxicology / Edition 1

Introduction to Ecotoxicology / Edition 1

by Des W. Connell, Paul Lam, Bruce Richardson, Rudolf Wu
     
 

Environmental pollution is one of the most serious threats to the future health of our planet. A wide and ever increasing range of chemicals from industry, agriculture, medicine and a host of other sources continue to contribute to the earth's chemical load. Governments have encountered great difficulties responding to the crucial and immediate need for effective

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Environmental pollution is one of the most serious threats to the future health of our planet. A wide and ever increasing range of chemicals from industry, agriculture, medicine and a host of other sources continue to contribute to the earth's chemical load. Governments have encountered great difficulties responding to the crucial and immediate need for effective management.

As a result, the new science of ecotoxicology has developed, which provides a broad conceptual framework for evaluating the effects of chemicals in natural ecosystems.

This book is aimed principally at undergraduate students who have completed basic courses in both chemistry and biology. It takes a broad view of ecotoxicology starting with the nature, properties and behaviour of environmental toxicants, and extends to dose/response relationships and effects on organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems. Importantly, it also addresses environmental management areas such as biomarkers, biomonitoring, ecological risk assessment and the ecotoxicology and management of chemicals.

Introduction to Ecotoxicology provides an invaluable overview of the subject for students taking courses in ecotoxicology and environmental pollution, as well as wider degree programmes in biology, ecology, wildlife management, environmental science, environmental impact assessment, toxicology, pollution, chemical engineering, civil engineering, sanitation engineering and related subjects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780632038527
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/02/1999
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

1 The Ecotoxicology Concept: Introduction.

2 Sources, Types and Properties of Ecotoxicants.

3 Distribution and Transformation of Chemicals in the Environment.

4 Molecular, Biochemical, Physiological and Behavioural Responses.of Organisms.

5 Effects on Population, Community and Ecosystem.

6 Dose and Concentration: Response Relationships.

7 Biomarkers and Biomonitoring of Hazards in the Environment.

8 Ecological Risk Assessment.

9 Ecotoxicology and Management of Chemicals.

Index.

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