Ecotoxicology: The Study of Pollutants in Ecosystems

Paperback | May 11, 1999

byFrank MoriartyEditorFrank Moriarty

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Ecotoxicology, Third Edition discusses the ecological effects of pollutants: the ways in which ecosystems can be affected, and current attempts to predict and monitor such effects. The emphasis is on ecosystems; therefore toxicological approaches are critically assessed.Following a brief introduction to the principal characteristics of both pollutants and ecosystems, the various ecosystem components are considered in more detail. Populations, communities and gene pools are examined with an emphasis on the ways in which pollutants affect them specifically. The indirect effects of pollution are considered separately in a new chapter with particular attention paid to the mechanisms and biological effects of global warming. A discussion of the methods used to predict and to monitor the effects of pollutants, some illustrative examples of pollution problems and a final summary discussion, complete the book. Key Features* A classic proven by its 2nd edition.* Still the only book to properly integrate ecological principles with chemistry/biochemistry* Focuses on the interaction between ecology and toxicology* Designed for use by toxicologists with no ecology training, and for ecologists with no toxicology training* There is a new chapter on pollutants in habitats and global warming

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Ecotoxicology, Third Edition discusses the ecological effects of pollutants: the ways in which ecosystems can be affected, and current attempts to predict and monitor such effects. The emphasis is on ecosystems; therefore toxicological approaches are critically assessed.Following a brief introduction to the principal characteristics of...

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Pollutants act either directly on individual organisms or indirectly by modifying the non-living (abiotic) environment. In order to properly understand these processes, a basic grounding in ecosystem ecology is needed, but from a toxicological perspective.This text and this new edition fully revises and expands the coverage of this sub...

Frank Moriarty, Ph.D., has spent over 25 years researching the ecological effects of pollution. For over 8 years he was part of a research unit working on plant-parasitic nematodes at the University of Cambridge. He also joined the Nature Conservancy, and later became part of the Natural Environmental Research Council.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:347 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 11, 1999Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0125067631

ISBN - 13:9780125067638

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
Population Dynamics.
Communities.
Genetics of Populations.
Effects on Habitats.
Effects on Individual Organisms.
Predictions of Ecological Effects.
Monitoring and Assessment.
Case Studies.
Conclusions.
References.
Index.

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"... it contains a wealth of ecotoxicological reference data, so as a sourcebook it has considerable utility. It certainly has a place on the bookshelf of all toxicologists and ecotoxicologists." - Journal of Environmental Quality