This book provides comprehensive single–source coverage of the entire field of ecotoxicology, from the ecological basics to the effects of chemicals on the environment and the latest test strategies.
Contributions by leading figures in ecotoxicology from around the world reflect the broad scope of current thinking and research, making this volume essential reading for informed professionals and students. Areas covered include:
∗ Ecosystem sensitivity, principles for analysis, and other fundamentals
∗ Fate, distribution, and speciation of chemicals in the environment
∗ Bioaccumulation and effects of chemicals
∗ Ecotoxicological test systems
∗ Concepts of ecological risk assessment
Incorporating numerous examples and case studies, this cutting–edge reference is an invaluable resource for those working in environmental toxicology, chemistry, ecology, medicine, engineering, and other related disciplines.
HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION AND ECOLOGICAL FUNDAMENTALS.
Ecotoxicological Research–Historical Development and Perspectives (S. Jørgensen).
Sensitivity of Ecosystems and Ecotones (O. Fränzle).
Community Ecology and Population Interactions in Freshwater Systems (B. Streit).
CHEMICALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT.
Speciation of Chemical Elements in the Environment (R. Wilken).
Abiotic Transformation Reactions (E. Weber).
Ecochemistry of Toxaphene (M Coelhan & H. Parlar).
BIOACCUMULATION AND BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF CHEMICALS.
Bioaccumulation of Chemicals by Aquatic Organisms (D. Connell).
Process–Oriented Descriptions of Toxic Effects (S. Kooijman).
Effects of Pollutants on Soil Invertebrates: Links between Levels (J. Weeks).
CONTRIBUTIONS TO AN ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT.
Current and Future Test Strategies in Terrestrial Ecotoxicology (R. Debus).
Legislative Perspective in Ecological Risk Assessment (J. Ahlers & R. Diderich).
BERND A. MARKERT, PhD, is Professor of Environmental High Technology and Director of the International Graduate School (IHI) in Zittau, Germany. His professional interests include the biochemistry of trace substances in the water/soil/plant system, instrumental analysis of chemical elements, eco– and human–toxicological aspects of hazardous substances, pollution control by use of bioindicators and technologies for waste management, environmental restoration, and remedial action on soils.