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Marine microplastic-associated biofilms - a review

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Oberbeckmann, Sonja ; Löder, Martin ; Labrenz, Matthias:
Marine microplastic-associated biofilms - a review.
In: Environmental Chemistry. Vol. 12 (2015) Issue 5 . - pp. 551-562.
ISSN 1449-8979
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1071/EN15069

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The accumulation of plastic in the marine environment is a long-known issue, but the potential relevance of this pollution for the ocean has been recognised only recently. Within this context, microplastic fragments (<5 mm) represent an emerging topic. Owing to their small size, they are readily ingested by marine wildlife and can accumulate in the food web, along with associated toxins and microorganisms colonising the plastic. We are starting to understand that plastic biofilms are diverse and are, comparably with non-plastic biofilms, driven by a complex network of influences, mainly spatial and seasonal factors, but also polymer type, texture and size of the substratum. Within this context, we should raise the question about the potential of plastic particles to serve as vectors for harmful microorganisms. The main focus of the review is the discussion of first insights and research gaps related to microplastic-associated microbial biofilm communities.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER133243
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 06:52
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2016 12:52
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/33468