Environmental contaminants

OCLC: 44634347
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Edited by: Richard F. Shore and Barnett A. Rattner


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The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the ecotoxicology of major classes of environmental contaminants, with respect to sources, environmental chemistry, most likely routes of exposure, potential bioaccumulation and biomagification, mechanisms of toxicity, and effects on potentially vulnerable species of mammalian wildlife. Major contaminants reviewed were selected on the basis of their use patterns, availability and potential toxicity to wild mammals. These included pesticides used in agroecosystems (organochlorines, organophosphorus and carbamate compounds, anticoagulants, herbicides and fungicides), various organic pollutants (chlorobenzenes, chlorophenols, polychlorinated biphenyls, dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), heavy metals (lead, mercury, and cadmium), agricultural drainwater mixtures, leachates and radionuclides. Many of the above aspects of ecotoxicology and contaminants will be expanded upon in subsequent chapters of this book as they relate to distinct mammalian species and potential risk.
Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Environmental contaminants
Year Published 2001
Language English
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Publisher location Chichester, England
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description xxi, 730
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Ecotoxicology of Wild Mammals
First page 1
Last page 48
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