Ecotoxicology – an offshoot of the study of ecological stress – aims to predict the effects of pollutants at different ecological levels. Contaminants released into the environment may have concurrent effects, interacting at various spatial and temporal scales with other biological or physical stressors. This can occur at all ecological levels, from individuals to ecosystems. New research approaches are necessary to understand this complexity, and develop the tools for biomonitoring and management specifically at higher ecological levels.
This book presents a range of approaches to these new challenges in ecotoxicology. In six chapters authored by specialists in the field, the book deals with topics such as the long-term effects of stressors on different organisms and possible adaptation mechanisms, the effect of pollutants on the chemical ecology of aquatic and terrestrial species and communities, and the impact of multiple stressors. The last two chapters are dedicated to a highly relevant emerging pollutant (microplastics) and to the use of new technologies (omics) in ecotoxicology.
1. Chemical Ecology and Ecotoxicology, Elisabeth Gross.
2. Pollution Tolerance in Aquatic Animals: From Fundamental Biological Mechanisms to Ecological Consequences, Claude Amiard-Triquet.
3. Strategies and Consequences of Indigenous and Invasive Freshwater Mussels Living in Cyanobacterial and Anthropogenic Impacted Waters, Claudia Wiegand.
4. Anthropogenic Stressor and Parasite Interactions in Aquatic Environments, Laëtitia Minguez and Laure Giambérini.
5. Microplastic in Aquatic Environments, Messika Revel.
6. New Challenges: Omics Technologies in Ecotoxicology, Odette Prat and Davide Degli-Esposti.
Elisabeth Gross is a specialist in aquatic chemical ecology. After a PhD at MPI Limnology, Germany, and a postdoc at Cornell University, USA, she joined Konstanz University, Germany, and is now Professor for ecotoxicology at LIEC, University of Lorraine, France.
Jeanne Garric is a senior ecotoxicologist. After a PhD in aquatic environmental toxicology, she joined the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Irstea), where she was the leader of the Irstea research group in aquatic ecotoxicology. She is currently Research Director at Irstea in Lyon.
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