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Ecotoxicology Monitoring

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Pages: 385

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:Unknown - Vch Pub

By: Mervyn Richardson

Of all the 11 million substances known, water is the most precious. The industrial revolution of the 19th century has led progressively to increasing pollution of this vital chemical during the 20th century. The protection of water resources is now one of the greatest challenges to mankind. This book reviews some of the monitoring techniques which are now available, and the hazard and risk assessments which are a necessary sequel to such monitoring. During the mid and latter part of this century fish and invertebrates have played a major role in such monitoring techiques. Analytical chemistry, often involving sophisticated and expensive equipment such as GC-MS, has been used but the data so produced are sometimes difficult to evaluate effectively. During the past decade, increasing use has been made of bacterial systems, one of which is based on the marine luminescent bacterium photobacterium phosphoreum, has grown in significance. Obviously there are deficiencies in the use of such generic techniques, but short-falls are compensated by the speed of the estimation. Many of the chapters compare, contrast and describe this technique. About half of the material in this book was taken from presentations delivered at The Royal Society of Chemistry's Toxicology Subject Group international symposium held in Leeds, England, 17 June 1992. Some chapters were also presented at International Environment '92 and '93, Wembley, England May 1992 and 1993.  


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