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Animal Biomarkers as Pollution Indicators : Ecotoxicology Series 1 - David B. Peakall

Animal Biomarkers as Pollution Indicators

Ecotoxicology Series 1

By: David B. Peakall (Editor)

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Published: 31st December 1991
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Ecotoxicology is a relatively new scientific discipline. Indeed, it might be argued that it is only during the last 5-10 years that it has come to merit being regarded as a true science, rather than a collection of procedures for protecting the environment through management and monitoring of pollutant discharges into the environment. The term 'ecotoxicology' was first coined in the late sixties by Prof. Truhaut, a toxicologist who had the vision to recognize the importance of investigating the fate and effects of chemicals in ecosystems. At that time, ecotoxicology was considered a sub-discipline of medical toxicology. Subsequently, several attempts have been made to portray ecotoxicology in a more realistic light. Notably, both F. Moriarty (1988) and F. Ramade (1987) emphasized in their books the broad basis of ecotoxicology, encompassing chemical and radiation effects on all components of ecosystems. In doing so, they and others have shifted concern from direct chemical toxicity to man, to the far more subtle effects that pollutant chemicals exert on natural biota. Such effects potentially threaten the existence of all life on Earth. Although I have identified the sixties as the era when ecotoxicology was first conceived as a coherent subject area, it is important to acknowledge that studies that would now be regarded as ecotoxicological are much older. Wherever people's ingenuity has led them to change the face of nature significantly, it has not escaped them that a number of biological conĀ­ sequences, often unfavourable, ensue.

Scope and limitations of classical hazard assessment; biomarkers of the nervous system; biomarkers of the reproductive system; studies on genetic material; mixed function oxidases; thyroid function, retinols, heme and regulatory enzymes; behavioural effects; immunotoxicological effects; the use of animals in wildlife toxicology; the role of biomarkers in environmental assessment.

ISBN: 9780412402005
ISBN-10: 0412402009
Series: Ecotoxicology Series 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 31st December 1991
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64