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Environmental Contaminants in Biota: Interpreting Tissue Concentrations

By: W Nelson Beyer(Editor), James P Meador(Editor)

751 pages, 80 b/w illustrations, 100 tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Feb 2011 | Edition: 2 | #189303 | ISBN-13: 9781420084054
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Examining tissue residues of contaminants in biota reveals the movement of contaminants within organisms and through food chains as well as the context for understanding and quantifying injuries to organisms and their communities. Yet tissue concentrations of some contaminants are especially challenging to interpret and the ability of today’s analytical chemists to provide reliable analytical data of most important environmental contaminants often surpasses the ability of ecotoxicologists to interpret those data.

Offering guidance on the ecotoxicologically meaningful interpretation of tissue concentrations, Environmental Contaminants in Biota: Interpreting Tissue Concentrations, Second Edition is updated with current data and new ways of analyzing those data as well as additional contaminants not previously considered. Beginning with a history of wildlife toxicology and data interpretation, chapters cover a wide range of contaminants and their hazardous and lethal concentrations in various animals including DDT, Dioxins, PCBs, and PBDEs in aquatic organisms; methylmurcury, selenium, and trace metals in fishes and aquatic invertebrates; and pharmaceuticals and organic contaminants in marine mammals. The book considers the impact of Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Dibenzofurans, and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers; cyclodiene; and other organochlorine pesticides in birds and mammals. Later chapters examine the effects and analysis of lead, cadmium, and radionuclides in biota.

With thousands of published research papers reporting tissue concentrations each year, Environmental Contaminants in Biota: Interpreting Tissue Concentrations, Second Edition gives ecotoxicologists the ability to draw actionable value regarding the toxicological consequences of those concentrations and relate tissue concentrations quantitatively to injury: the core of ecotoxicology.


- History of Wildlife Toxicology and the Interpretation of Contaminant Concentrations in Tissues, B.A. Rattner, A.M. Scheuhammer, and J.E. Elliott
- DDT and Other Organohalogen Pesticides in Aquatic Organisms, N. Beckvar and G.R. Lotufo
- Dioxins, PCBs, and PBDEs in Aquatic Organisms, R.J. Wenning, L. Martello, and A. Prusak-Daniel
- Methylmercury in Freshwater Fish: Recent Advances in Assessing Toxicity of Environmentally Relevant Exposures, M.B. Sandheinrich and J.G. Wiener
- Selenium Accumulation and Toxicity in Freshwater Fishes, D.K. DeForest and W.J. Adams
- Trace Metals in Aquatic Invertebrates, P.S. Rainbow and S.N. Luoma
- Organotins in Aquatic Biota: Occurrence in Tissue and Toxicological Significance, J.P. Meador
- Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Aquatic Organisms, C.G. Daughton and B.W. Brooks
- Organic Contaminants in Marine Mammals: Concepts in Exposure, Toxicity, and Management, L.L. Loseto and P.S. Ross
- Select Elements and Potential Adverse Effects in Cetaceans and Pinnipeds, T. O’Hara, T. Kunito, V. Woshner, and S. Tanabe
- Toxicological Significance of Pesticide Residues in Aquatic Animals, M.J. Lydy, J.B. Belden, J. You, and A.D. Harwood
- DDT, DDD, and DDE in Birds, L.J. Blus
- Cyclodiene and Other Organochlorine Pesticides in Birds, J.E. Elliott and C.A. Bishop
- Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Dibenzofurans, and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Wild Birds, M.L. Harris and J.E. Elliott
- Toxicological Implications of PCBs, PCDDs, and PCDFs in Mammals, M. Zwiernik, F. Vermeulen, and S. Bursian
- Lead in Birds, J.C. Franson and D.J. Pain
- Lead in Mammals, W.-C. Ma
- Mercury in Nonmarine Birds and Mammals, R.F. Shore, M.G. Pereira, L.A. Walker, and D.R. Thompson
- Cadmium in Small Mammals, J.A. Cooke
- Cadmium in Birds, M. Wayland and A.M. Scheuhammer
- Selenium in Birds, H.M. Ohlendorf and G.H. Heinz
- Radionuclides in Biota, B.E. Sample and C. Irvine


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