STP921

    Toward a Meaningful Interaction Between Ecology and Aquatic Toxicology

    Published: Jan 1986


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    Abstract

    Single species toxicity tests, microcosm toxicity tests, and ecosystem level field studies all have their advantages and limitations in determining the effect of a toxicant on an ecosystem. In spite of their limitations, laboratory toxicity studies are necessary for gaining autecological insights to how organisms respond. Microcosm tests are a first approximation to how an ecosystem might respond to the intrusion of a toxicant. Population, community, and ecosystem level field studies are necessary to interpret laboratory findings from single species and microcosm tests in light of the field realities.

    Keywords:

    aquatic toxicology, autecology, controls, ecology, ecosystem analysis, ecosystem states, microcosms, population ecology, processes, single species toxicity tests, synecology


    Author Information:

    Neuhold, JM
    Professor, Utah State University, Logan, UT


    Paper ID: STP29012S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E47.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP29012S


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