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Trace Elements in Abiotic and Biotic Environments helps readers understand the fundamental principles and phenomena that control the transfer of trace elements.
This book describes the occurrence and behavior of trace elements in rocks, soil, water, air, and plants, and also discusses the anthropogenic impact to the environment. In addition, it covers the presence of trace elements in feeds, as either contaminants or as nutritional or zootechnical additives, and their transfer across the food chain to humans.
Also discussed is international legislation on trace elements for both micronutrients and contaminants in soil and plant food. A special focus is placed on the human health effects of both trace element deficiency and excess. All trace elements are covered--from aluminum to zirconium--as well as rare-earth elements (actinides and lanthanides).
About the Author
Alina Kabata-Pendias is a professor emeritus at the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Pulawy, Poland. She earned her PhD in soil science from this institute. She also worked at the Polish Geological Institute in Warsaw. Dr. Kabata-Pendias's research interest focuses on the fate of trace elements in the rock-soil-plant chain. She has published nearly 320 articles and is the author or coauthor of 11 books. Dr. Kabata-Pendias has been active in various national and international scientific committees and was awarded several medals, including the prestigious Philippe Duchaufour Medal, bestowed by the European Geosciences Union.Barbara Szteke is a professor emeritus at the Institute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology in Warsaw, Poland. She also served as head of the Department of Food Analysis at that institute. Dr. Szteke has also been the Polish representative for the Codex Alimentarius Commission FAO/WHO Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants. Dr. Szteke's research areas focus on foodstuff contaminants coming from the environment, such as elements, pesticides, and mycotoxins. She is the author or coauthor of more than 200 scientific papers, books chapters, reports, and lectures.