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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822931/adherence-of-microplastics-to-soft-tissue-of-mussels-a-novel-way-to-uptake-microplastics-beyond-ingestion
#1
Prabhu Kolandhasamy, Lei Su, Jiana Li, Xiaoyun Qu, Khalida Jabeen, Huahong Shi
Microplastic pollution is recognized as an emerging threat to aquatic ecosystems. One of the main environmental risks associated with microplastics is their bioavailability to marine organisms. Up to date, ingestion has been widely accepted as the sole way for the animals to uptake microplastics. Nevertheless, microplastics have also been found in some organs which are not involved in the process of ingestion. We hypothesize that the animal might uptake microplastics through adherence in addition to ingestion...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819264/microplastics-in-spanish-table-salt
#2
Maria E Iñiguez, Juan A Conesa, Andres Fullana
Marine debris is widely recognized as a global environmental problem. One of its main components, microplastics, has been found in several sea salt samples from different countries, indicating that sea products are irremediably contaminated by microplastics. Previous studies show very confusing results, reporting amounts of microparticles (MPs) in salt ranging from zero to 680 MPs/kg, with no mention of the possible causes of such differences. Several errors in the experimental procedures used were found and are reported in the present work...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816440/high-quantities-of-microplastic-in-arctic-deep-sea-sediments-from-the-hausgarten-observatory
#3
Melanie Bergmann, Vanessa Wirzberger, Thomas Krumpen, Claudia Lorenz, Sebastian Primpke, Mine B Tekman, Gunnar Gerdts
Although mounting evidence suggests the ubiquity of microplastic in aquatic ecosystems worldwide, our knowledge of its distribution in remote environments such as Polar Regions and the deep sea is scarce. Here, we analyzed nine sediment samples taken at the HAUSGARTEN observatory in the Arctic at 2,340 - 5,570 m depth. Density separation by MicroPlastic Sediment Separator and treatment with Fenton's reagent enabled analysis via Attenuated Total Reflection FTIR and µFTIR spectroscopy. Our analyses indicate the wide spread of high numbers of microplastics (42 - 6,595 microplastics kg-1)...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815367/microplastic-pollution-a-threat-to-marine-ecosystem-and-human-health-a-short-review
#4
Shivika Sharma, Subhankar Chatterjee
Human populations are using oceans as their household dustbins, and microplastic is one of the components which are not only polluting shorelines but also freshwater bodies globally. Microplastics are generally referred to particles with a size lower than 5 mm. These microplastics are tiny plastic granules and used as scrubbers in cosmetics, hand cleansers, air-blasting. These contaminants are omnipresent within almost all marine environments at present. The durability of plastics makes it highly resistant to degradation and through indiscriminate disposal they enter in the aquatic environment...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812686/interactions-of-microplastic-debris-throughout-the-marine-ecosystem
#5
REVIEW
Tamara S Galloway, Matthew Cole, Ceri Lewis
Marine microscopic plastic (microplastic) debris is a modern societal issue, illustrating the challenge of balancing the convenience of plastic in daily life with the prospect of causing ecological harm by careless disposal. Here we develop the concept of microplastic as a complex, dynamic mixture of polymers and additives, to which organic material and contaminants can successively bind to form an 'ecocorona', increasing the density and surface charge of particles and changing their bioavailability and toxicity...
April 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806692/microplastic-pollution-identified-in-deep-sea-water-and-ingested-by-benthic-invertebrates-in-the-rockall-trough-north-atlantic-ocean
#6
Winnie Courtene-Jones, Brian Quinn, Stefan F Gary, Andrew O M Mogg, Bhavani E Narayanaswamy
Microplastics are widespread in the natural environment and present numerous ecological threats. While the ultimate fate of marine microplastics are not well known, it is hypothesized that the deep sea is the final sink for this anthropogenic contaminant. This study provides a quantification and characterisation of microplastic pollution ingested by benthic macroinvertebrates with different feeding modes (Ophiomusium lymani, Hymenaster pellucidus and Colus jeffreysianus) and in adjacent deep water > 2200 m, in the Rockall Trough, Northeast Atlantic Ocean...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805294/microplastics-alter-composition-of-fungal-communities-in-aquatic-ecosystems
#7
Marie Therese Kettner, Keilor Rojas-Jimenez, Sonja Oberbeckmann, Matthias Labrenz, Hans-Peter Grossart
Despite increasing concerns about microplastic (MP) pollution in aquatic ecosystems, there is insufficient knowledge on how MP affect fungal communities. In this study, we explored the diversity and community composition of fungi attached to polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS) particles incubated in different aquatic systems in north-east Germany: the Baltic Sea, the River Warnow and a wastewater treatment plant. Based on next generation 18S rRNA gene sequencing, 347 different operational taxonomic units assigned to 81 fungal taxa were identified on PE and PS...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802989/do-polyethylene-microplastic-beads-alter-the-intestinal-uptake-of-ag-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-analysis-of-the-mp-vector-effect-using-in%C3%A2-vitro-gut-sacs
#8
Farhan R Khan, David Boyle, Elisabeth Chang, Nicolas R Bury
Microplastic (MP) vector effects have been well described in the literature but surprisingly little is in known about the impact of MPs on the intestinal uptake of contaminants. The present study aimed to determine whether the intestinal fate of Ag was affected by the presence of polyethylene MP beads. Ag (added as (110m)Ag) was introduced into the lumen of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) anterior/mid-intestine gut sac preparations as Ag only, Ag and MPs (co-exposure) and Ag-incubated MPs (where Ag was adsorbed to the MP)...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802590/blue-mussels-mytilus-edulis-spp-as-sentinel-organisms-in-coastal-pollution-monitoring-a-review
#9
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Jonny Beyer, Norman W Green, Steven Brooks, Ian J Allan, Anders Ruus, Tânia Gomes, Inger Lise N Bråte, Merete Schøyen
The blue mussel (Mytilus spp.) is widely used as a bioindicator for monitoring of coastal water pollution (mussel watch programs). Herein we provide a review of this study field with emphasis on: the suitability of Mytilus spp. as environmental sentinels; uptake and bioaccumulation patterns of key pollutant classes; the use of Mytilus spp. in mussel watch programs; recent trends in Norwegian mussel monitoring; environmental quality standards and background concentrations of key contaminants; pollutant effect biomarkers; confounding factors; particulate contaminants (microplastics, engineered nanomaterials); climate change; harmonization of monitoring procedures; and the use of deployed mussels (transplant caging) in pollution monitoring...
August 3, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800471/microplastic-ingestion-by-mullus-surmuletus-linnaeus-1758-fish-and-its-potential-for-causing-oxidative-stress
#10
C Alomar, A Sureda, X Capó, B Guijarro, S Tejada, S Deudero
A total of 417 striped red mullet, Mullus surmuletus, were analyzed to study microplastic ingestion and livers of fish were assessed to study effects of microplastics. Nearly one third (27.30%) of the individuals were quantified to ingest microplastics although there was no evidence of oxidative stress or cellular damage in the liver of fish which had ingested microplastics. A small increase in the activity of glutathione S-transferase (GST) of M. surmuletus was detected which could be suggesting an induction of the detoxification systems but these findings should be tested in laboratory conditions under a controlled diet and known concentration of microplastics...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797901/plastic-and-other-microfibers-in-sediments-macroinvertebrates-and-shorebirds-from-three-intertidal-wetlands-of-southern-europe-and-west-africa
#11
Pedro M Lourenço, Catarina Serra-Gonçalves, Joana Lia Ferreira, Teresa Catry, José P Granadeiro
Microplastics are widespread in aquatic environments and can be ingested by a wide range of organisms. They can also be transferred along food webs. Estuaries and other tidal wetlands may be particularly prone to this type of pollution due to their particular hydrological characteristics and sewage input, but few studies have compared wetlands with different anthropogenic pressure. Furthermore, there is no information on microplastic transfer to secondary intertidal consumers such as shorebirds. We analysed intertidal sediments, macroinvertebrates and shorebirds, from three important wetlands along the Eastern Atlantic (Tejo estuary, Portugal; Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania and Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau), in order to evaluate the prevalence and transfer of microplastics along the intertidal food web...
August 7, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783918/impact-of-polyethylene-microbeads-on-the-floating-freshwater-plant-duckweed-lemna-minor
#12
Gabriela Kalčíková, Andreja Žgajnar Gotvajn, Aleš Kladnik, Anita Jemec
Microplastics (MP), small plastic particles below 5 mm, have become one of the central concerns of environmental risk assessment. Microplastics are continuously being released into the aquatic environment either directly through consumer products or indirectly through fragmentation of larger plastic materials. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of polyethylene microbeads from cosmetic products on duckweed (Lemna minor), a freshwater floating plant. The effects of microbeads from two exfoliating products on the specific leaf growth rate, the chlorophyll a and b content in the leaves, root number, root length and root cell viability were assessed...
August 2, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782833/impacts-of-temperature-and-selected-chemical-digestion-methods-on-microplastic-particles
#13
Keenan Munno, Paul A Helm, Donald A Jackson, Chelsea Rochman, Alina Sims
Alkaline and wet peroxide oxidation (WPO) chemical digestion techniques used to extract microplastics from organic matrices were assessed for recoveries and for impacts on ability to identify polymer types. Methods using WPO generated enough heat to result in the complete loss of some types of microplastic particles, and boiling tests confirmed that temperatures >70 °C were responsible for the losses. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed minimal alteration of the recovered polymers by the applied methods...
August 7, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779888/in-situ-elemental-characterisation-of-marine-microplastics-by-portable-xrf
#14
Andrew Turner
The performance of a portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer configured in a test stand and coupled to a laptop has been evaluated for the determination of various elements (including Br, Cd, Cl, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb and Zn) in beached microplastics. Under laboratory conditions, analysis of samples that covered the 3-mm x-ray beam returned concentrations that, on average, were within 20% of concentrations determined by ICP following acid digestion. Analysis of progressively smaller offcuts (to <1mm) resulted in corresponding concentrations that were comparable to those determined in original samples but errors and detection limits that progressively increased...
August 2, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779887/small-plastic-debris-in-sediments-from-the-central-adriatic-sea-types-occurrence-and-distribution
#15
Michele Mistri, Vanessa Infantini, Marco Scoponi, Tommaso Granata, Letizia Moruzzi, Francesca Massara, Miriam De Donati, Cristina Munari
This is the first survey to investigate the occurrence and extent of microplastic contamination in sediments collected along a coast-open sea 140km-long transect in the Central Adriatic Sea. Plastic debris extracted from 64 samples of sediments were counted, weighted and identified by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Several types of plastic particles were observed in 100% of the stations. Plastic particles ranged from 1 to 30mm in length. The primary shape types by number were filaments (69...
August 2, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768577/microplastics-in-livers-of-european-anchovies-engraulis-encrasicolus-l
#16
France Collard, Bernard Gilbert, Philippe Compère, Gauthier Eppe, Krishna Das, Thierry Jauniaux, Eric Parmentier
Microplastics (MPs) are thought to be ingested by a wide range of marine organisms before being excreted. However, several studies in marine organisms from different taxa have shown that MPs and nanoplastics could be translocated in other organs. In this study, we investigated the presence of MPs in the livers of commercial zooplanktivorous fishes collected in the field. The study focuses mainly on the European anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus but concerns also the European pilchard Sardina pilchardus and the Atlantic herring Clupea harengus...
July 30, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760587/effects-of-microplastics-on-sessile-invertebrates-in-the-eastern-coast-of-thailand-an-approach-to-coastal-zone-conservation
#17
Gajahin Gamage Nadeeka Thushari, Jayan Duminda Mahesh Senevirathna, Amararatne Yakupitiyage, Suchana Chavanich
This study assessed the microplastic contamination of 3 most abundant sessile and intertidal invertebrates (Rock Oyster: Saccostrea forskalii, Striped Barnacle: Balanus amphitrite, Periwinkle: Littoraria sp.) in 3 beaches of the eastern coasts of Thailand. The results showed a significant accumulation of microplastics in the invertebrates at rates of 0.2-0.6 counts/g indicating higher pollution levels along the coastline. Filter feeding organisms showed comparatively higher accumulation rates of microplastics...
July 28, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759812/bioaccumulation-of-pcbs-from-microplastics-in-norway-lobster-nephrops-norvegicus-an-experimental-study
#18
Lisa I Devriese, Bavo De Witte, A Dick Vethaak, Kris Hostens, Heather A Leslie
Plastic debris acts as a sorbent phase for hydrophobic organic compounds like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Chemical partitioning models predict that the ingestion of microplastics with adsorbed chemicals in the field will tend not to result in significant net desorption of the chemical to the organism's tissues. This is expected due to the often limited differences in fugacity of the chemical between the indigestible plastic materials and the tissues, which are typically already exposed in the same environment to the same chemicals as the plastic...
July 25, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750293/effects-of-polystyrene-microbeads-in-marine-planktonic-crustaceans
#19
Chiara Gambardella, Silvia Morgana, Sara Ferrando, Mattia Bramini, Veronica Piazza, Elisa Costa, Francesca Garaventa, Marco Faimali
Plastic debris accumulates in the marine environment, fragmenting into microplastics (MP), causing concern about their potential toxic effects when ingested by marine organisms. The aim of this study was to verify whether 0.1µm polystyrene beads are likely to trigger lethal and sub-lethal responses in marine planktonic crustaceans. MP build-up, mortality, swimming speed alteration and enzyme activity (cholinesterases, catalase) were investigated in the larval stages of Amphibalanus amphitrite barnacle and of Artemia franciscana brine shrimp exposed to a wide range of MP concentrations (from 0...
July 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747000/response-of-soil-dissolved-organic-matter-to-microplastic-addition-in-chinese-loess-soil
#20
Hongfei Liu, Xiaomei Yang, Guobin Liu, Chutao Liang, Sha Xue, Hao Chen, Coen J Ritsema, Violette Geissen
Plastic debris is accumulating in agricultural land due to the increased use of plastic mulches, which is causing serious environmental problems, especially for biochemical and physical properties of the soil. Dissolved organic matter (DOM) plays a central role in driving soil biogeochemistry, but little information is available on the effects of plastic residues, especially microplastic, on soil DOM. We conducted a soil-incubation experiment in a climate-controlled chamber with three levels of microplastic added to loess soil collected from the Loess Plateau in China: 0% (control, CK), 7% (M1) and 28% (M2) (w/w)...
October 2017: Chemosphere
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