Advances in Microbial Ecology, Vol. 4. Edited by M. Alexander. Plenum Press, New York. 1980. Pp. 247. ISBN 030640493 1. Price: £32.50. The fourth volume in this series contains six papers on the population ecology and nutrient cycling of the protozoa, on the surface microlayer of aquatic ecosystems, on the genus Rhizobium, on flooded soils and histosols and an evaluation of immunofluorescence as a technique for studying the ecology of microorganisms.
Pesticides. Contemporary Roles in Agriculture, Health and the Environment. Edited by T.J. Sheets and David Pimentel. Humana Press, Clifton, NJ. 1979. Pp. 186. ISBN 0896030059. Price: £13.15. This book arose from a symposium, organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and held in 1978. It gives a balanced picture of the pesticide problem, indicating that chemical pesticides have an important part to play in integrated pest control.
The Economics of Environmental Management. By Julian Lowe and David Lewis. Phillip Allan, Oxford. 1980. Pp. 344. ISBN 086003 126 and 086003027X. Price: £ 13.00 (hardback), £6.50 (paperback). This textbook for undergraduate students of economics and business studies deals clearly with pollution and its control as a major factor in environmental management. It will also appeal to administrators and others who require an overview of environmental problems and their costs.
Halogenated Biphenyis, Terphenyls, Naphthalenes, Dibenzodioxins and Related Products. Edited by R.D. Kimbrough. Topics in Environmental Health, No. 4. Elsevier/North Holland, Amsterdam. 1980. Pp.406, ISBN 044480253 3. Price: US$95.00, Dfl. 195.00. The chemicals described in this book have featured in a number of highly publicised incidents--the Yusho episode in Japan, the contamination of animal feed with polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) in Michigan, the effects of dioxin-contaminated herbicides in Viet Nam. The production and properties of the chemicals are discussed, and the various incidents are analysed. The book should be useful to research workers and to those concerned with regulations on the use of toxic chemicals.