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701-0297-00L  Applied Ecotoxicology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersK. Fent
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractBesides regarding basic concepts, this lecture focus on applied aspects of ecotoxicology. Case studies and effects of environmental chemicals on cells, organisms up to ecosystems are regarded. In a multidisciplinary approach based on toxicological concepts, pollutants are analysed, in particular hormonally active compounds and their effects on reproduction.
ObjectiveThis lecture focusses on basic concepts of ecotoxicology and their application to enviromental chemicals and environmental pollution problems. Basic concepts are regarded with respect to their consequences for the environment. Toxicological effects on organisms are analysed at different levels of organisation, from the molecular to the ecosystem level. Case studies are regarded in order to understand chemical's actions and their effects. In addition bioaccumulation and their consequences, the methods in ecotoxicology and environmental effects of various compounds will be regarded. Emphasis will be placed on hormonally active compounds and their effects to aquatic organisms. Furthermore, methods of enviornmental risk assessment of environmental pollutants will be discussed.
ContentBasic concepts of ecotoxicology. Bioavailability, uptake and metabolism. Bioacculation of environmental chemicals. Methods of ectotoxicology. Effects on moleculse, cells, organisms, populations and ecosystems. Mode of actions of environmental chemicals. Effect assessment in model ecosystems. Environmental hazard and risk assessment. Case studies on environmental pollutants. Endocrine disrupters and their ecological consequences.
Lecture notesHochschullehrbuch von K. Fent "Ökotoxikologie. Umweltchemie-Toxikologie-Ökologie" (Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, 2013, 4. Auflage).
LiteratureFent K. Ökotoxikologie. Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, 2013. (4. Auflage)