Plastic Waste – Biofilm Assemblages Influenced by Ocean Acidification

According to the abstract of a report published in the December 2020 issue of Marine Pollution Bulletin by researchers with universities in Japan, Korea and China  “… The increasing quantity of plastic waste in the ocean is providing a growing and more widespread novel habitat for microbes. Plastics have taxonomically distinct microbial communities (termed the ‘Plastisphere’)  …

Here, we show that common plastic drinking bottles rapidly become colonised by novel biofilm-forming bacterial communities, and that ocean acidification greatly influences the composition of plastic biofilm assemblages
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