Trace Metals: Sources, Applications and Environmental Implications


Oscar M. Thygesen (Editor)

Series: Analytical Chemistry and Microchemistry
BISAC: SCI013010

Trace metals are necessary for the proper functioning of living organisms and are absorbed by the body through diet or environmental exposure. However, excessive intake of trace metals can cause health problems. As such, the study of the presence of trace metals in the environment and their effects on health is important. This volume includes four chapters that provide details about trace metals in various contexts. Chapter One explains the nutritional zinc requirements of humans and discusses the usefulness of different supplements in various applications. Chapter Two addresses the different aspects of metal-microbial interactions, focusing on soil and sediment ecosystems. Chapter Three addresses pollution of heavy metals, emission sources, health implications, and commonly used methods for assessment of pollution. Lastly, Chapter Four assesses possible changes in the geochemical behavior of chromium caused by sediment resuspension in a hypereutrophic estuary that receives domestic and industrial effluents daily.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Zinc Supplementation in Health and Disease
(Sakshi Hans, Janelle E. Stanton, Eibhlís M. O’Connor, and Andreas M. Grabrucker – Department of Biological Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, et al.)

Chapter 2. Impacts and Significance of Metal–Microbe Interactions on Soil and Sediment Ecosystems
(Binu Prakash and Mahesh Mohan – School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India)

Chapter 3. Heavy Metal Pollution and Public Health: A Review of Heavy Metal Pollution, Health Implications, and Potential Used Methods for Pollution Assessment
(Innocent Mugudamani, Saheed. A. Oke and Thandi. P. Gumede – Department of Life Sciences, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa, et al.)

Chapter 4. Changes in Chromium Bioavailability on Resuspension of Contaminated Sediments from a Tropical Estuary
(Christiane do Nascimento Monte, Ana Paula de Castro Rodrigues, Alexandre Rafael de Freitas, Bernardo Ferreira Braz, Aline Soares Freire, Renato Campello Cordeiro, Ricardo Erthal Santelli and Wilson Machado – Geochemistry Department, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, RJ, Brazil, et al.)



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