PHEs, Environment and Human Health

Potentially harmful elements in the environment and the impact on human health

  • Claudio Bini
  • Jaume Bech

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Giancarlo Rampazzo, Elena Innocente, Eliana Pecorari, Stefania Squizzato, Gabrio Valotto
    Pages 1-36
  3. Md. Badiuzzaman Khan, Mauro Masiol, Angelika Hofer, Bruno Pavoni
    Pages 37-83
  4. Denis Baize, Folkert van Oort
    Pages 151-198
  5. Mohammad Wahsha, Mamoon M. D. Al-Rshaidat
    Pages 199-220
  6. Massimo Angelone, Metka Udovic
    Pages 221-251
  7. Jaume Bech, Maria Manuela Abreu, Hyo-Taek Chon, Núria Roca
    Pages 253-308
  8. Maria Manuela Abreu, Jaume Bech, Luisa Cristina Carvalho, Erika Santos
    Pages 309-337
  9. Teodoro Miano, Valeria D’Orazio, Claudio Zaccone
    Pages 339-370
  10. Claudio Bini
    Pages 371-399
  11. Claudio Bini, Mohammad Wahsha
    Pages 401-463
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 465-467

About this book


Heavy metals in the environment continue to receive attention due to the greater understanding of their toxicological importance in ecosystems, agriculture and human health.
Research on potentially harmful elements (PHEs) in life, agriculture and environmental sciences is extensively increasing since the last decades, owing to the larger consciousness of general population on the risks induced by anthropic activities.
This book is dedicated to the occurrence and behaviour of PHEs in the different compartments of the environment, with special reference to soil as one of the most vulnerable ecosystems, and a precious resource with limited resilience capacity.
Therefore, starting from the atmosphere (chapter 1), through the aquatic environment (chapter 2) and the different soil uses (chapters 3, 4), the book also encompasses all the anthropic systems where PHEs play a significant role (mine and urban areas, chapters 5, 6). The soil-plant relationships, and the element fluxes from soil to plant and the food chain, including an overview on soil remediation, are explored in chapters 7, 8. In the last part of the book, trace elements join the food safety (chapter 9) and the risk assessment  (chapter 10), concluding with the potential risk to human health (chapter 11), which is the main purpose of the whole book: to ensure a safe environment and a good quality of life to new generations.
The book provides new insight on the role and function of PHEs in the environmental and human health, following fundamental textbooks, without forgetting recent thousands of contributions from several scientific domains, not only soil science, but also plant physiology, biology, epidemiology, medicine, and in particular oncology.
The book covers a list of the most environmentally important elements involved in environmental and human health. Key elements include: arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), selenium (Se). Emerging are those elements that have received less scientific attention, but nevertheless are of  potential environmental concern, with reflection on human health.


Potentially harmful elements environmental pollution food chain human health soil contamination

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudio Bini
    • 1
  • Jaume Bech
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali Informatica e StatisticaUniversità Ca' Foscari VeneziaVeniceItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Biology, Soil Sc. Lab.University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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