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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), or polyarenes, are one of the largest and most structurally diverse class of organic molecules known. Although the industrial world is dependent for energy on fossil sources containing them, they are widespread pollutants. This book reviews our knowledge of the effects PAHs have in different environments and habitats.
List of Contributors. Series Foreword. Part I: Introduction and Rationale. Introduction (P. Douben). Part II: General Characteristics of PAHs. The Sources, Transport, and Fate of PAHs in the Marine Environment (J. Latimer and J. Zheng). Geochemistry of PAHs in Aquatic Environments: Source, Persistence and Distribution (R. Burgess, et al.). Photochemical Reactions of PAHs in the Atmosphere (J. Arey and R. Atkinson). Metabolic Activation of PAHs: Role of DNA Adduct Formation in Induced Carcinogenesis (F. Akcha, et al.). Biodegradation and General Aspects of Bioavailability (F. Volkering and A. Breure). Part III Bioavailability, Exposure and Effects in Environmental Compartments. An Overview of the Partitioning and Bioavailability of PAHs in Sediments and Soils (R. Burgess, et al.). Bioavailability, Uptake and Effects of PAHs in Aquatic Invertebrates in Field Studies (P. den Besten, et al.). Bioaccumulation of PAHs in Marine Invertebrates (J. Meador). Uptake and Accumulation of PAHs by Terrestrial Invertebrates (R. Achazi and C. Van Gestel). Ecotoxicological Studies Focusing on Marine and Freshwater Fish (J. Payne, et al.). Effects of PAHs on Terrestrial and Freshwater Birds, Mammals and Amphibians (H. Malcolm & R. Shore). Effects of PAHs on Marine Birds, Mammals and Reptiles (P. Albers and T. Loughlin). PAH Interactions with Plants: Uptake, Toxicity and Phytoremediation (B. Greenberg). Assessing Risks from Photoactivated Toxicity of PAHs to Aquatic Organisms (G. Ankley, et al.). Biomarkers and PAHs Prospects for the Assessment of Exposure and Effects in Aquatic Systems (R. Altenburger, et al.). Part IV Integration of Information on PAHs. Approaches to Developing Sediment Quality Guidelines for PAHs (D. Mount, et al.). Managing Risks from PAHs (G. Whale, et al.). Index.
...the book stands as an excellent and current reference text ... ( Ecotoxicology)