Microplastics – Transport in Seagrass Meadows of a Coastal Region Studied

The abstract of an article published in the January 1, 2022 issue of Environmental Pollution https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.118337 by researchers with Ocean University of China and others report that “… despite the constant accumulation of microplastics in the ocean, their transport processes and mechanisms remain poorly understood. This study investigated microplastics in the sediments of seagrass meadows and nearby regions without seagrass along the Shandong coast and found that the sediment in the seagrass meadows was a sink for microplastics … Microplastics can adhere to eelgrass leaves and form biofilms, which promoted the formation of white floc that traps the suspended microplastics, causing them to sink … Therefore, eelgrass and its epiphytic bacteria facilitated the sinking of microplastics and increased the accumulation of microplastics in the sediments of seagrass meadows in coastal regions …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePackaging

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