Bioaccumulation Behavior of Persistent Organic Chemicals with Aquatic Organisms

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Chemicals are a vital part of everyday life. They come in the form of fuels, antibiotics, pesticides, plastic containers, agricultural fertilizers, photocopying compounds, and so on. Society cannot survive in its present form without them. Growth in the numbers of chemicals used during recent decades has been extraordinary. In 1980 the total number of substances commercially available was estimated at 40,000 with about 2000 new ones being placed on the market each year (Schmidt-Bleek and Haberland 1980).