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Earth Sciences & Geography - Geochemistry | Impacts of Selenium on the Biogeochemical Cycles of Mercury in Terrestrial Ecosystems in Mercury Mining Areas

Impacts of Selenium on the Biogeochemical Cycles of Mercury in Terrestrial Ecosystems in Mercury Mining Areas

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Zhang, Hua

2014, XXII, 193 p. 54 illus., 16 illus. in color.

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  • Won the Special Award of Presidential Scholarship Award and Outstanding Thesis Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Offers insights from a new perspective on selenium in traditional risk assessment of environmental mercury pollution at contaminated sites (and elsewhere) and related health exposure and risks
  • Explores new methods for concurrently evaluating risks and/or benefits of combined mercury and selenium exposure, the underlying principle of which holds potential for use in future studies

From a new perspective, namely focusing on the interaction of selenium and mercury, this thesis provides new insights into traditional research on biogeochemical cycles of mercury in soil-plant interaction and associated human exposure and risks. The subject of this thesis is both valuable and timely, providing essential information not only on selenium-mercury interaction in the soil-plant system but also on how to assess the combined benefits and risk of co-exposure to mercury and selenium. This work also sheds light on future aspects regarding prevention, remediation and risk management for environmental mercury contamination. Presenting high-quality papers published in leading international SCI journals such as Environmental Health Perspectives and Environmental Science & Technology and having been recognized with the Special Award of Presidential Scholarship Award and Excellent Doctoral Dissertations Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), this thesis offers a valuable resource for scientific communities, policy-makers and non-experts who are interested in this field.
Dr. Hua Zhang works at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Oslo, Norway.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Antagonism Eeffect - Co-exposure and Health Risk - Environmental Mercury/Selenium Pollution - Fish/rice Consumption - Mercury Mining And smelting - Selenium-mercury Interaction

Related subjects » Health Informatics

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