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The effects of pollutants on wildlife

January 1, 1997

In this chapter, selected sources of information which address the effects of pollutants on wildlife are reviewed. Although naturally occurring plant and animal toxins also affect wildlife, the focus of this review is xenobiotic toxicants. Xenobiotic substances are chemicals introduced into the environment in the form of pesticides, heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other by-products of human activities. The science of examining the effects of these substances on animal and plant life is multi-disciplinary in nature and contributors to the literature in this field include toxicologists, wildlife and aquatic ecologists, chemists and those in the veterinary and medical professions.

Publication Year 1997
Title The effects of pollutants on wildlife
Authors K.E. Wesenberg
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 85648
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center