Invloed van vervuiling door microplastics op zeepieren

12 december 2013

Research has revealed the unpalatable situation confronting the lugworm when it is exposed to high levels of microplastic in ocean sediments.
A study by the University of Exeter has shown that elevated levels cause lugworms to eat less, and suffer from reduced energy levels. While a complementary study from Plymouth University has shown that ingesting microplastics can give the marine animals a harmful diet of hydrocarbons, antimicrobials and flame retardants. The two reports are published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology and highlight the threats facing the worms, who play a key ecological role as an important source of food for other animals.
Klik hier voor het Exeter artikel.
Klik hier voor het Plymouth artikel (652 kB).

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