Fish Physiology: Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals

Fish Physiology: Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals, 1st Edition

Fish Physiology: Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals, 1st Edition,Chris Wood,Anthony Farrell,Colin Brauner,ISBN9780123786340

Fish Physiology

Wood   &   Farrell   &   Brauner   

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A comprehensive synthesis of information on both the physiology and toxicology of specific non-essential metals in fish

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Key Features

  • All major essential metals of interest are covered in metal-specific chapters
  • Each metal-specific chapter is written by fish physiologists/toxicologists who are recognized authorities for that metal
  • A common format is featured throughout this two volume edition


Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals synthesizes the explosion of new information on the molecular, cellular, and organismal handling of metals in fish in the past 15 years. These elements are no longer viewed by fish physiologists as "heavy metals" that kill fish by suffocation, but rather as interesting moieties that enter and leave fish by specific pathways, which are subject to physiological regulation. The metals featured in this volume are those about which there has been most public and scientific concern, and therefore are those most widely studied by fish researchers. Metals such as Ag, Al, Cd, Pb, Hg, As, Sr, and U have no known nutritive function in fish at present, but are toxic at fairly low levels.

The companion volume, Homeostasis and Toxicology of Essential Metals, Volume 31A, covers metals that are either proven to be or are strongly suspected to be essential in trace amounts, yet are toxic in higher doses. Metals such as Cu, Zn, Fe, Ni, Co, Se, Mo and Cr. In addition, three chapters in Volumes 31A and 31B on Basic Principles (Chapter 1, 31A), Field Studies and Ecological Integration (Chapter 9, 31A) and Modeling the Physiology and Toxicology of Metals (Chapter 9, 31B) act as integrative summaries and make these two volumes a vital set for readers.


Fish physiologists, nutritional physiologists, toxicologists and environmental regulators

Chris Wood

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Biology, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

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Anthony Farrell

Tony Farrell is a graduate of Bath University, where he was fortunate to study with Peter Lutz. His fortunes grew further when he moved in 1974 to Canada and the Zoology Department at the University of British Columbia to complete his Ph.D. degree under the superb tutelage of Dave Randall. In 2004, Tony returned to UBC when he accepted an endowed research chair in Sustainable Aquaculture. In between these positions at UBC, Tony was employed at the University of Southern California (PDF), the University of New Brunswick (sessional lecturer), Mount Allison University (first real job) and Simon Fraser University (moving through the ranks to a full professor). In addition to highly controlled laboratory experiments on fish cardiorespiratory physiology, Tony is committed to working on animals in their own environment. Therefore, his research on fish physiology has taken him on an Alpha Helix expedition to the Amazon, the University of Gothenburg and the Kristineberg Marine Research Station in Sweden, the Portobello Marine Biological Station in New Zealand, the University of Christchurch and Massey University in New Zealand, the Bamfield Marine Science Station and the Huntsman Marine Station in Canada, the University of Aarhus in Denmark, the University of Adelaide Charles and Darwin University in Australia, and to the Danish Arctic Marine Station on Disco Island in Greenland. These travels have allowed him to work and with many superb collaborators word-wide, as well as study the physiology of over 70 different species of fish. Tony has received a number of awards for his scientific contributions: an honorary degree from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden; Awards of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society for Fish Physiology, Conservation and Management; the Fry Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists; and the Beverton Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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Colin Brauner

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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Fish Physiology: Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals, 1st Edition

Table of Contents

Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals, Volume 31B

1. Silver / Chris M. Wood
2. Aluminium / Rod W. Wilson
3. Cadmium / James C. McGeer, Som Niyogi and D. Scott Smith
4. Lead / Edward M. Mager
5. Mercury / Karen Kidd and Katharina Batchelar
6. Arsenic / Dennis O. McIntyre and Tyler K. Linton
7. Strontium / M. Jasim Chowdhury and Ronny Blust
8. Uranium Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation and Toxicity to Fish / Richard R. Goulet, Claude Fortin, and Douglas J. Spry
9. Modeling the Physiology and Toxicology of Metals / Paul Paquin, Aaron Redman, Adam Ryan and Robert Santore

Quotes and reviews

"This ‘‘book’’ (actually 2 companion volumes) provides a comprehensive and accessible review of trace metal essentiality, effects of deficiency or excess, homeostatic processes, and toxicology in fishes. The chapters and volumes are constructed with a parallel structure that helps comparisons across the different metals. In addition to the core focus, each chapter includes a brief summary of geochemical speciation, environmental concentrations in natural and polluted areas, environmental quality criteria from different countries, uses, and arguments for and against essentiality. The chapters are all authoritative…These 2 volumes are likely to stand for some time as the defining compendium on the homeostasis and toxicology of metals in fish. The publisher lists them as the First Edition. Perhaps when the Second Edition is written, it will be feasible to expand the scope to include comparative information on aquatic organisms other than fish."--Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Volume 8, Number 4, pp. 768-772

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