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Microplastics : A Novel Suite of Environmental Contaminants but Present for Decades

Title data

Laforsch, Christian ; Ramsperger, Anja ; Mondellini, Simona ; Galloway, Tamara S.:
Microplastics : A Novel Suite of Environmental Contaminants but Present for Decades.
In: Reichl, Franz-Xaver ; Schwenk, Michael (ed.): Regulatory Toxicology. - Berlin : Springer , 2020 . - pp. 1-26
ISBN 978-3-642-36206-4
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36206-4_138-1

Project information

Project title:
Project's official titleProject's id
SFB 1357 MikroplastikSFB1357
LimnoPlast-860720860720
DBU StipendiumDBU

Project financing: 7. Forschungsrahmenprogramm für Forschung, technologische Entwicklung und Demonstration der Europäischen Union
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Andere
SFB 1357
MSCA-ITN-2019-ETN
DBU

Abstract in another language

The ubiquitous contamination of the environment with plastic debris and the possible associated risks to ecosystems and, ultimately, human health has recently attracted a great deal of public and scientific attention. Among the plastic materials found in aquatic environments, microplastic particles have attracted particular attention since harmful effects on various organisms have been discussed, especially related to their ingestion. However, possible risks associated with microplastics cannot be generalized, as microplastics comprise a very heterogeneous group of particles that differ in their physicochemical properties. At present, there is a considerable lack of knowledge on the effects of microplastics at the molecular, cellular, tissue-specific, and organismic levels and the resulting consequences on environmental and human health. This chapter addresses the benefits of plastic products but also why plastic has turned into an environmental problem. It briefly explains how environmental contamination is assessed and shows on which biological levels potential harmful effects are expected.

Further data

Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: No
Keywords: Plastic debris; Microplastics; Nanoplastics; Environmental risks; Tissue translocation
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I > Chair Animal Ecology I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Polymer and Colloid Science
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > SFB 1357 - MIKROPLASTIK
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2021 12:16
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2021 12:16
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/64800