Arsenic in Drinking Water and Food

  • Sudhakar Srivastava

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Anurakti Shukla, Surabhi Awasthi, Reshu Chauhan, Sudhakar Srivastava
    Pages 1-12
  3. Natasha, Muhammad Shahid, Muhammad Imran, Sana Khalid, Behzad Murtaza, Nabeel Khan Niazi et al.
    Pages 13-39
  4. Milica M. Janković
    Pages 41-69
  5. Marta I. Litter, María A. Armienta, Ruth E. Villanueva Estrada, Edda C. Villaamil Lepori, Valentina Olmos
    Pages 71-112
  6. Marta I. Litter, María A. Armienta, Ruth E. Villanueva Estrada, Edda C. Villaamil Lepori, Valentina Olmos
    Pages 113-182
  7. Gordana Medunić, Željka Fiket, Maja Ivanić
    Pages 183-233
  8. Penradee Chanpiwat, Suthipong Stiannopkao, Myoung-Soo Ko, Kyoung-Woong Kim
    Pages 235-260
  9. Tatiana Pedron, Bruna Moreira Freire, Fernanda Pollo Paniz, Bruno Lemos Batista
    Pages 261-278
  10. Eliana Bianucci, Juan Manuel Peralta, Ana Furlan, Luis E. Hernández, Stella Castro
    Pages 279-306
  11. Garima Awasthi, Tanvi Singh, Anjali Awasthi, Kumud Kant Awasthi
    Pages 307-323
  12. Antonio Costa de Oliveira, Bruno Lemos Batista, Camila Pegoraro, Eduardo Venske, Vívian Ebeling Viana
    Pages 371-389
  13. Thorny Chanu Thounaojam, Zesmin Khan, Hrishikesh Upadhyaya
    Pages 391-410
  14. Sudhakar Srivastava, Penna Suprasanna, Rudra Deo Tripathi
    Pages 411-424
  15. Arnab Majumdar, Jisha Suresh Kumar, Sheena, Sutapa Bose
    Pages 425-443
  16. Natasha Das, Surajit Bhattacharya, Mrinal K. Maiti
    Pages 445-460

About this book


Arsenic contamination poses a major environmental problem, especially in Southeast Asian countries like Bangladesh and India. Threatening the health of millions of people due to arsenic’s toxicity and carcinogenicity, the major routes of arsenic exposure for humans are either through drinking water or crops. Rice is the crop most affected by arsenic owing to its cultivation in major arsenic contaminated areas, biogeochemical factors in the soil during rice growth, and specific features of rice that enable it take up more arsenic than other crop plants.

This book addresses the problem of arsenic by pursuing a holistic approach. It presents the status quo in different parts of the world (North and South America, Europe, Asia, etc.) and provides essential information on food-related arsenic exposure risks for humans, and possible preventive and curative measures for tackling arsenic poisoning. It covers the arsenic contamination status of rice, rice-based products, other vegetables, fishes, mushrooms, and other foods, with a special focus on rice-arsenic interactions. The mechanisms of arsenic uptake, translocation and distribution in plants and grains are also explained. In closing, the book reviews a variety of prospective agronomic and biotechnological solutions to the problem of arsenic accumulation in rice grains.

The book is intended for a broad audience including researchers, scientists, and readers with diverse backgrounds including agriculture, environmental science, food science, environmental management, and human health. It can also be used as an important reference guide for undergraduate and graduate students, university faculties, and environmentalists.


Arsenic Drinking water Food contamination Human health Southeast Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Sudhakar Srivastava
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Stress Biology Laboratory, Institute of Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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