Ecological Toxicology Research: Effects of Heavy Metal and Organohalogen Compounds

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The Conference on the Ecotoxicity of Heavy Metals and Organohalogen Com pounds was held under the auspices of the NATO Science Committee as part of its continuing effort to promote the useful progress of science through international cooperation. Science Committee Conferences are deliberately designed to focus atten tion on unsolved problems, with invited participants providing a variety of complementary expertise. Through intensive group discussion they seek to reach a consensus on assessments and recommendations for future research emphases, which it is hoped will be of value to the larger scientific commu nity. The subjects treated in previous Conferences have been as varied as science itself-e.g., computer software, chemical catalysis, oceanography, and materials and energy research. This volume presents an account of a meeting which evolved from studies within the Science Committee's advisory panel on Eco-Sciences. Environmental monitoring of toxic substances from industrial and agricultural sources is pro ducing a growing volume of data on the quantities of such substances in terres trial and aquatic milieus. Before this information can be used to assess biological effects, knowledge is required of the chemical form of the pollutants, the mecha nisms by which they enter and move through organisms, their concomitant transformations, the nature of the toxic reactions within tissues, and the way in which the physiology and behavior of individuals is affected.

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Contents

A General
3
Chapter
7
Chapter
10
Some Effects of Pollutants in Terrestrial Ecosystems
25
Chapter 3
75
Chapter 4
91
Chapter 5
107
Chapter 6
122
Chapter 9
177
Chapter 10
187
Chapter 11
197
Chapter 12
207
Chapter 13
215
Working Group
233
Working Groups
257
Movements of Heavy Metals and Organohalogens through Food Chains
285

Behavior of Mercury in Natural Systems and Its Global Cycle
145
Chapter 8
167
Working Group
301
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