Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Soil Contamination

Marcelo L. Larramendy

National University of La Plata


Sonia Soloneski

National University of La Plata


Environmental Pollutants Genotoxic and Cytotoxic Soil Contaminants Biodegradation Bioremediation Target and Non-Target Species as Models for Soil Contamination Species Interaction Species Population Dynamics Xenobiotics Adsorption Kinetics Biochemical Transformation Conservation of Natural Resources Enhancement of Ecological Resilience

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Diverse sources contribute to soil pollution, generating a large proportion of toxins for living species. Over many decades, urban development, industrial and man-made pollutants, farming, mining, military activities, and accidents have introduced excessive amounts of contaminants into the environment, causing a decline in soil health with uncertain future uses. Each type of soil contaminant is characterized by its origin or what type of product it was before it became waste. It is a matter of international concern, and several public and private administrations employ a wide variety of technologies to ensure decontamination and recovery of affected sites. However, cleaning up contaminated sites is a long and expensive process. Thus, environmental remediation is an important focus of green economy, and a wide variety of innovative technologies must be employed to remove pollution or contaminants from waste areas to restore the environment and protect the health of living species, including humans.

The book will cover some general and specific topics such as: a) Environmental risk assessment; b) Bioremediation; c) Target and non-target species as models for soil contamination; d) Species assemblages in soil contamination; e) Transport and fate of xenobiotics, f) Sustainable management and soil conservation.

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Date completed: May 5th 2020

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Marcelo L. Larramendy

National University of La Plata

Marcelo L. Larramendy, Ph.D., serves as a Professor of molecular cell biology at the School of Natural Sciences and Museum (National University of La Plata, Argentina). He is an appointed Senior Researcher of the National Scientific and Technological Research Council of Argentina and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Association of Environmental Mutagenesis, Teratogenesis and Carcinogenesis. He is the author of more than 450 contributions, including scientific publications, research communications and conferences worldwide. He is also the recipient of several national and international awards. Prof. Larramendy is a regular lecturer at the international A. Hollaender Courses organized by the IAEMS and former guest scientist at NIH (USA) and University of Helsinki (Finland). He is an expert in genetic toxicology and has been referee for more than 20 international scientific journals. He was a member of the International Panel of Experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC, WHO, Lyon, France) in 2015 for the evaluation of DDT, 2,4-D and Lindane. Presently, Prof. Dr. Larramendy is Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Cytogenetics and Genotoxicology at the UNLP.

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