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Ecotoxicology in Theory and Practice: The Issues

Series: Ecotoxicology Series

By: VE Forbes and TL Forbes

264 pages, Line drawings

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #17003 | ISBN: 0412435306
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About this book

Ecotoxicologists are faced with many challenges that range from the theoretical and practical limitations in the detection of pollutant effects on ecosystems, to deciding on adequate definitions for `pollutant impact' and `environmental quality', to the effective design, performance and interpretation of toxicity tests. This book addresses such issues and provides an in depth critique of current methodologies in ecotoxicology and a discussion of how the results of this science can best be applied to risk assessment and management decisions.

The book is full of interesting nuggets of information and many refreshing insights. It contains a wealth of key references from within and outside the subject: I cuold think of no better introductory text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of ecotoxicology wishing to learn about the real issues being debated within the field - SETAC; This volume packs much information into its relatively short length - American Zoology; This is an excellent book which the reader will find informative, thought-provoking and controversial. It is clearly written, with well-chosen examples and includes a comprehensive biography. The authors are to be congratulated on making a significant contribution to our understanding of ecotoxicological concepts and perhaps more importantly on highlighting their limitations - Biol.J.Linn.Soc; ... this book...provides a much needed presentation of the field of ecotoxicology which can not only be used as a textbook in the training of potential ecotoxicologists but also ought to be required reading for environmental administrators. Ecotoxicology in Theory and Practice is easy and enjoyable reading. It is clearly written, and its first-person style combined with many examples and anecdotes drawn from recent history make it unique in the genre of textbooks - ICES Newsletter


Introduction and theoretical framework. Toxicity testing in practice. The use of toxicity tests. The misuse of toxicity tests. Suggestions for an integrated approach.

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