How do plants react to elements in the soil?A vital question, particulary in today's world of increasing environmental contamination...The answer can be found in this book. It has an extraordinarily broad basis, compiling up-to-date information from numerous specialist disciplines. Key articles are devoted to- Soil Chemistry and Bioavailability- Metal-tolerant Plants- Metalloenzymes- Toxic Effects of Metals- Radionuclides Moreover emphasis is placed on environmental aspects, with detailed considerations of plants that hyperaccumulate heavy metals and plants that are indicators for pollution. A discussion of experimental techniques rounds off the book. They include sampling, sample preparation, analytical methods and aspects of quality assurance.All in all a valuable forum for the exchange of current thinking across a broad spectrum of disciplines.