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These papers are from the "International Symposium on New Microbiotests for Routine Toxicity Screening and Biomonitoring - Development - Applications - Cost-effectiveness" which was organized in June 1998 in Brno, Czech Republic. It comprises 60 original and peer-reviewed papers selected from over 100 oral and poster presentations given during this meeting by scientists from many countries worldwide. It features: overview of microscale bioassays with special emphasis on their application in various domains of environmental contamination; reviews on toxicity testing with microbiotests in a regulatory framework; description and application of microbiotests with lethal and sublethal test criteria, and of their sensitivity in comparison with conventional bioassays; reports on investigations with small-scale toxicity tests on natural waters, wastes, contaminated air, soils and sediments, specific chemicals and biotoxins; application of new microbiotests for mutagenicity and genotoxicity screening; and critical evaluation of the potential of specific microbiotests as alternatives to conventional toxicity tests.
1. Reviews on Toxicity Tests. 2. Toxicity Testing for Regulatory Purposes. 3. New Microbiotests and Specific Test Criteria. 4. Sensitivity Comparisons of Toxicity Tests. 5. Toxicity Testing of Natural Waters. 6. Toxicity Testing of Wastes, Waste Waters and Leachates. 7. Toxicity Testing of Soils and Sediments. 8. Toxicity Testing of Air Pollution. 9. Toxicity Testing of Specific Chemicals. 10. Testing for Mutagenicity and Genotoxicity. 11. Microbiotests for Toxicity Evaluation of Biotoxins. Subject Index: Listing for major subject classes. Subject Index: Alphabetical listing.
'This book is generally well produced and well illustrated. It contains a wealth fo material on microbiotests, and is a must for practioners in the field. More generally, it is a valuable reference work on the wide range of microbiotests currently being used, which will be of interest to scientists working in related fields.' Alternatives To Laboratory Animals, Vol.29 (Sept. 2000)