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The Pollution Biology of Aquatic Oligochaetes

  • First book devoted to the pollution biology of aquatic oligochaetes
  • First book devoted to field community studies, ecotoxicity and bioaccumulation of aquatic oligochaetes
  • Helpful book for those working in environmental agencies and research laboratories with pollution biology, and in risk assessment of polluted sediments

By: Pilar Rodriguez(Author), Trefor B Reynoldson(Author)

265 pages, 44 b/w photos and illustrations, tables


Paperback | Oct 2014 | #224958 | ISBN-13: 9789400797802
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NHBS Price: £104.50 $139/€119 approx
Hardback | Aug 2011 | #191733 | ISBN-13: 9789400717176
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About this book

In aquatic ecosystems, the oligochaetes are often a major component of the community. Their relevance in sediment quality assessment is largely related to their benthic and detritivorous life habit. In The Pollution Biology of Aquatic Oligochaetes, we aim to present the state of the art of Pollution Biology using oligochaete worms in laboratory and field studies. Future research will require the combination of a variety of methodological approaches and the integration of the resulting information, avoiding fragmented and often conflicting visions of the relationships of the species with their environment. Current approaches to ecotoxicology and bioaccumulation using ecological risk assessment provide the opportunity to relate community studies with probability of effects.

The Pollution Biology of Aquatic Oligochaetes addresses three main themes: Ecological and Field Studies using the composition and structure of oligochaete communities, Toxicology and Laboratory Studies, and Bioaccumulation and Trophic Transfer Studies. Two appendices list values of toxicological parameters (LC50, EC50) and several bioaccumulation variables (bioaccumulation factors, biological half-life, toxicokinetic coefficients, and critical body residues) for different oligochaete species. Additional information is provided on Methodological Issues and on the Taxonomy of several oligochaete families, with information on the most recent taxonomic debates. Each chapter in The Pollution Biology of Aquatic Oligochaetes includes a critical view, based on the authors' experience, of a number of current issues which have been raised in the literature.


- Introduction
- Taxonomy of Aquatic Oligochaetes
- Ecology and field studies
- Toxicology and laboratory studies
- Bioaccumulation and trophic transfer
- Methodological issues

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