Publications WEATHER-MIC

Just published: "What we know and what we think we know about microplastic effects – A critical perspective"

There is a new paper availble by Ogonowski, Gerdes & Gorokhova in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, 2018, 1:41–46. The abstract is: "Microplastic pollution is currently perceived as an environmental hazard, and adverse effects have been reported at various levels of biological organization. However, most experimental designs do not allow plastic-specific effects to be distinguished from those caused by other particles, such as clay and cellulose, which are naturally ubiquitous in the environment. We suggest that microplastic effects reported in recent ecotoxicological studies are similar to those induced by the natural particles. To provide a sound basis for risk assessment, experimental designs must not only be able to disentangle the effects of food limitation and particle toxicity but also demonstrate whether microplastics cause impacts that differ from those induced by natural particles."

New posters available

During the recent JPI-Oceans Conference in Lisbon (October 26, 2017), we presented a range of posters about our current activities. They can be accessed using the links to the right: "Related docs".

WEATHER-MIC publications

Rummel et al. have published a Brief Review paper in Environmental Science and Technology Letters (DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00164) about the impacts of biofilm formation on the fate and potential effects of microplastic in the aquatic environment, see the open access paper.

Some of the WEATHER-MIC partners published a Commentary in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Monitoring (IEAM) recently: "From the sea to the laboratory: Characterization of microplastic as prerequisite for the assessment of ecotoxicological impact" (Potthoff et al.). The article is available as open access here.

The WEATHER-MIC consortium has published a Brief Review paper discussing microplastic being a possible planetary boundary threat in Environmental Science and Technology Letters (Jahnke et al., doi: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00008). It is available as open access here.

Poster WEATHER-MIC How microplastic weathering changes its transport, fate and toxicity in the marine environment.

Some related papers by the consortium include:

Berit Gewert et al.: Abundance and composition of near surface microplastics and plastic debris in the Stockholm Archipelago, Baltic Sea. Marine Pollut. Bull. 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.04.062. Available here.

Martin Ogonowski et al.: The effects of natural and anthropogenic microparticles on individual fitness in Daphnia Magna. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155063, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155063.

Christoph Rummel et al.: No measurable “cleaning” of polychlorinated biphenyls from Rainbow Trout in a 9 week depuration study with dietary exposure to 40% polyethylene microspheres. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts 2016, 18, 788-795, DOI: 10.1039/C6EM00234J.!divAbstract

Sofia Bejgarn et al.: Toxicity of leachate from weathering plastics: An exploratory screening study with Nitocra spinipes. Chemosphere 2015, 132, 114-119, doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.03.010.

Berit Gewert et al.: Pathways for degradation of plastic polymers floating in the marine environment. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts 2015, 17, 1513-1521, DOI: 10.1039/C5EM00207A.!divAbs...

Elena Gorokhova: Screening for microplastic particles in plankton samples: How to integrate marine litter assessment into existing monitoring programs? Mar. Pollut. Bull. 2015, 99, 271-275, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.07.056.

Our partner institution IKTS/Fraunhofer offers two brochures in German/English with information about microplastic particle imaging and imaging of microplastics for toxicological assessment.


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