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EPHEMARE teams up with The Race for Water Odyssey 

The Race for Water vessel, departed from Lorient, on April 9th, setting sail for a five-year mission to promote solutions for protecting the world’s oceans. Race for Water is a state-of-the-art vessel powered by a mixture of renewable energy sources: solar, hydrogen and a traction kite.

EPHEMARE will be joining the mission at two locations (Bermuda and Guadeloupe) this year. The Race for Water vessel will host EPHEMARE scientists from Vigo University, Bordeaux University, University of Antwerp and Marche Polytechnic University of Ancona. On these two missions, the researchers will be sampling microplastics in the water column, microplastics in emerged sediment, microplastics on beaches and collecting endemic marine organisms such as fish, crustaceans, molluscs and bivalves.

Another JPI Oceans project – WEATHER – MIC, will also be teaming up with Race for Water this year.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for more updates and blogs from the EPHEMARE scientists on this exciting initiative!


Hans Peter Arp (Weathermic), Ricardo Beiras (Ephemare), Frederick Sciacca (Race for Water), Raimundo Blanco (Race for Water), Kim Van Arkel (Race for Water) visiting the solar boat in Lorient the day of before its departure.

EPHEMARE 2nd Annual Project Meeting 

The 2nd Annual EPHEMARE project meeting was hosted by CNR – ISMAR in Genoa, Italy last week. The two-day meeting was in order to update consortium partners on activities to date and scheduled activities for 2017. 

In 2016 EPHEMARE researchers were involved in numerous activities ranging from final selection of model target contaminants, to measuring the uptake, elimination and accumulation rates of small sized microplastics in Mediterranean mussels all the way to characterisation of different microplastics used within the EPHEMARE consortium under Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (E-SEM). Pilot studies to determine best experimental set-up for uptake experiments and a microplastics counting method were established and the consortium undertook inter-laboratory comparison tests. A study of trophic transfer of microplastics into fish larvae commenced and preliminary tests with spiked plastics were undertaken to determine, if the ingestion of microplastics by marine zooplankton could increase the uptake of adsorbed non-polar organic toxins to plankton filter feeders. EPHEMARE researchers also evaluated the effects of microplastics on the immune systems of European sea bass, gilthead seabream specimens and a sea bass cell line and investigated the expression of genes related to oxidative stress, cellular stress and apoptosis in the seabream liver, head-kidney. The effects of microplastics on embryonic and larval development of mussels was studied as well as the exposure of mussels to virgin and spiked microplastics.

EPHEMARE researchers took part in a sampling campaign in the Belgium North Sea and fieldwork in the Adriatic Sea commenced to evaluate the presence, distribution and characterisation of microplastics in wild species of commercial interest along food webs. EPHEMARE launched the project website and a project Facebook page in 2016 and our researchers presented their work at many conferences such as SETAC in in France, MICRO in Spain, Plastics in European Freshwater Environments in Germany and the 30th ESCPB Congress in Spain. On top of publishing research in journals, EPHEMARE researchers took part in numerous events such as Polytalk 2016 in Brussels, the Teaching Laboratories in Ancona, the Italian festival of Science in Genoa and the Clean Coast Roadshows in Cork, Ireland.

Activities for 2017 include:

  • Completion of the extraction of absorbed compounds under simulated digestion conditions (using pepsin). The extract will then be chemically analysed and tested for endocrine disruption.
  • Further microplastic uptake experiments, involving different organisms and types of microplastics will be conducted.
  • An analysis of survival and growth disruption in species occupying different levels of trophic webs following exposure to microplastics and persistent pollutants will be conducted.
  • An analysis of disruptions in early life stages in species occupying different levels of trophic webs following exposure to microplastics and persistent pollutants will also be conducted in 2017.
  • Multiple experiments examining issues such as genotoxicity, endocrine disruption, gene expressions, proteomics and transcriptomics will be carried out in 2017.
  • During 2017 partners involved in the extraction and characterisation of MPs in wild organisms will continue to sample and process organisms for microplastic extraction and characterisation. Experiments in controlled laboratory conditions will be performed to assess the uptake of microplastics by organisms, their compartmentalisation in tissues and the biological responses induced by microplastics and associated persistent pollutants.

Another exciting activity EPHEMARE are involved in for 2017 is the Race for Water Odyssey 2017 – 2021. Stay tuned to our website and social media sites for more information in the coming days!

IMPACT 2017 (International Microplastics Photo Contest)

The EPHEMARE team invites submissions to enter an International microplastics photo contest. IMPACT 2017 (International Microplastics Photo Contest) kicks off in May. Participants must register by April 28th. See below for more details!

EPHEMARE E-Newsletter:

Click on the image below to access the first EPHEMARE E-Newsletter

Click here for a printable version of the newsletter. 

NEWS and EVENTS 2016:

  • December 2016: 

Update from our Ecotox research group in Vigo on the exposure experiment of mussels to virgin and spiked microplastics, which took place in collaboration with the University of Antwerp and was coordinated by the Spanish Oceanographic Institute of Murcia. For more information follow the Vigo EPHEMARE blog here

EPHEMARE partners from University of Murcia, have published a chapter on "Microplastics in Aquatic Environments and Their Toxicological Implications for Fish" in the book "Toxicology - New Aspects to This Scientific Conundrum"

Click on the image below to access the chapter 

  • June 2016:

EPHEMARE was in attendance at the Plastics in European Freshwater Environments in Berlin, Germany. The conference ran from June 21st to 22nd. 

  • May 2016:


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New publication in Marine and Environmental Research 

A new paper on 'Plastics and microplastics in the oceans: From emerging pollutants to emerged threat' by Carlo Giacomo Avio, Stefania Gorbi and Francesco Regoli (Marche Polytechnic University - EPHEMARE) has been published in the Marine and Environmental Rsearch Journal. To access the paper click on the image below. 


 


-MICRO 2016 - Lanzarote, Spain 25-27 May. EPHEMARE gave two presentations at this years MICRO conference in Lanzarote. Francesco Regoli, Stefania Gorbi and Carlo Giacomo Avio from Marche Polytechnic gave a presentation to delegates on the Extraction and Charecterization of Microplastics in Marine Organisms Sampled at Giglio Island after the Removal of the Costa Concordia Wreck 

Stefania Gorbi, Francesco Regoli and Carlo Giacomo Avio also gave two poster presentations on 'Presence, distribution and charecterization of microplastics in commercial organisms from the Adriatic Sea' and 'Toxiological effects of Microplastics in Marine Environment - EPHEMARE'. 




Click on the images above to access the poster and presentation. 

A brief summary on the International MICRO Conference can also be found by clicking on the image below. 

-SETAC Europe - Nantes, France 23-26 May. EPHEMARE gave two presentations at this years SETAC Europe conference. Annika Batel and Thomas Braunbeck from the University of Heidelberg presented a poster on their study of Alternative Pathways of Microplastic Exposure - Microplastics and Associated POPs on Zebrafish Gills (Danio Rerio) and Zebrafish Eggs

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 Annika Batel also gave a presentation on the Trophic Transfer of Microplastics and Associated POPs     

  

Click on the images above to access the poster and presentation. 

-EPHEMARE at the Teaching Laboratories 19-22 May, Ancona, Italy 

The laboratory of Ecotoxicoly of UPM participated at the event “TIPICITA’ IN BLU”, which was held in Ancona (19-22 may 2016), to rise public awareness on important sea issues, including Blue economy and Blue growth, seafood safety, protection of the marine environment.

During these days, several teaching laboratories were organized for students aged from 8 to 18 years, in order to disseminate information on the Adriatic Sea environment (ADRIATICOLAB). In this context, our Lab (UPM) presented a lab activity titled: A “SEA” OF PLASTIC (un “mare” di palstica - in Italian). Several games and practical experiences related to the presence of plastic and microplastics in the sea were proposed; moreover through the use of microscopes, children and parents had the possibility to observe the microplastics in personal care products (exfoliants, nail varnishes, etc.) and small fragments of plastic found some in marine organisms sampled in the Adriatic sea .

  • The ECOTOX Research Group from the University of Vigo is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for EPHEMARE Project interested in applying for a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship 2016.  For more information on our host offer for the research project please visit the following link: http://www.eshorizonte2020.es/expressions-of-interests/ricardo-beiras
     
  • March 2016:

    -EPHEMARE was represented at the Polytalk 2016 - http://www.polytalk.eu/ by our project partners from the SPHERE group of the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Polytalk is a European Plastics Industry Summit and organised by the plastics industry for all key players: industries using plastics, retailers, policy-makers, NGOs, media and academia. PolyTalk 2016 took place in Brussels and focused specifically on Marine Litter, a key issue for the image of plastics and corresponding business, which is global and very complex, involving a multitude of actors.
     
  • February 2016:

    -The EPHEMARE WP leaders traveled to Madrid for the 17th of February 2016 to take part in the Ecological Aspects of Microplastics Projects Kick-off Meeting http://www.jpi-oceans.eu/news-events/events/jpi-oceans-%E2%80%9Cecologic.... This meeting provided an opportunity for the WP leads of all four approved projects, following the 2014 JPI Oceans Pilot Call on ecological effects of microplastics, to introduce themselves, discuss cooperation and coordination and align related activities.
     
  • January 2016:

    -The EPHEMARE project Kick off meeting took place in San Pedro, Mucia, Spain on the 19th and 20th of January, 2016. The meeting brought experts from Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Ireland and the UK together and allowed face to face meeting with project partners facilitating great discussions about the EPHEMARE investigation into the toxic effects of microplastics on marine organisms.


 

 

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