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Bioindicator Systems for Soil Pollution: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on New Approaches to the Development of of Bioindicator Systems for Soil Pollution, Moscow, Russia, 24-28 April 1995


Series: NATO Security Through Science Series: Sub-Series C: Environmental Security Volume: 16

Edited By: NM Van Straalen and DA Krivolutsky

261 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Dec 1996 | #64822 | ISBN: 0792341759
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How is one to make good, cost-effective decisions about the management or remediation of polluted soils? The application of bioindication techniques may provide information on the availability of contaminants, and may thus help to support management decisions. In addition, the repeated application of bioindicators may reveal temporal trends and the spatial extent of the ecological effects of contaminants. This book presents a set of new approaches to the development of bioindication systems for the soil environment. The emphasis is on the use of invertebrates, as part of the soil life-support system. One of the book's main messages is that bioindicators should integrate information derived from invertebrate communities, micro-organisms and soil processes. It discusses general ecotoxicological approaches, community and systems approaches, as well as various case studies in Eastern and Western Europe and the USA.

' ... therefore the jointly formulated recommendations in the end of the book are not only interesting, but also very useful for those dealing with soil contamination in practice. I recommend this book to anyone involved with management decisions on polluted soils, as well as to academic soil ecotoxicologists and environmental scientists.' Netherlands Journal of Aquatic Ecology, 30:4 (1997)


Ecotoxicological Approaches. 2. Critical Body Concentrations: Their Use in Bioindication; N.M. van Straalen. 3. Constraints in the Use of Bioindicators and Biomarkers in Ecotoxicology; P.J. Migula. 4. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soil Detritivores; J.H. Faber, G.J.S.M. Heijmans. 5. Sublethal Toxicity Test for Long-Lived Iteroparous Invertebrates: Searching for a Solution; R. Laskowski, et al. 6. Possible Application of Fuzzy System Simulation Models for Biomonitoring Soil Pollution in Urban Areas; G.P. Stamou, G.B. Stamou. Community and Systems Approaches. 7. Essential Criteria for Selecting Bioindicator Species, Processes, or Systems to Assess the Environmental Impact of Chemicals on Soil Ecosystems; C.A. Edwards, et al. 8. The Maturity Index as an Instrument for Risk Assessment of Soil Pollution; G.W. Korthals, et al. 9. The Use of Macro- Invertebrates for Population and Community Monitoring of Metal Contamination - Indicator Taxa, Effect Parameters and the Need for a Soil Invertebrate Prediction and Classification Scheme (SIVPACS); D.J. Spurgeon, et al. 10. The Problem of Scale in Bioindication of Soil Contamination; A.D. Pokarzhevskii. 11. Biodiversity Indicators for Sustainability. Assessment of Rural Landscapes; M.G. Paoletti, D. Sommaggio. Soil Invertebrates in Bioindication Systems. 12. An Integrated Bioindication System Applied to Soil Pollution Assessments: From Earthworms to Ecosystems; M.B. Bouche. 13. Insects in Bioindication of Soil Pollution; R.O. Butovsky. 14. Soil Spiders and Bioindication; J.-P. Maelfait. 15. Soil Animals and Bioindication; H.H. Koehler. Bioindicator Systems in Practice. 16. Soil Fauna as Bioindicator of Radioactive Pollution; D.A. Krivolutsky. 17. A Hierarchical Approach to Ecological Assessment of Contaminated Soils at Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA; R.G. Kuperman. 18. Bioprocessing of Organic Wastes: Safety for Landspreading them; J. Dominguez, S. Mato. 19. Ecotoxicological Bioindication; PAH, PCB and Heavy Metals Studied in the Natural Resource Monitoring Programme of Berlin (Germany); W. Kratz. 20. Heavy Metals in Russian Wetlands; A.V. Zhulidov.

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