publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Fate of microplastics in the marine isopod Idotea emarginata.

Hämer, Julia; Gutow, Lars; Köhler, Angela; Saborowski, Reinhard;
Open Access
  • Published: 06 Nov 2014 Journal: Environmental Science & Technology, volume 48, pages 13,451-13,458 (issn: 0013-936X, eissn: 1520-5851, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
Plastic pollution is an emerging global threat for marine wildlife. Many species of birds, reptiles and fishes are directly impaired by plastics as they can get entangled in ropes and drown or they can ingest plastic fragments which, in turn, may clog their stomachs and guts. Microplastics of less than 1 mm can be ingested by small invertebrates but their fate in the digestive organs and their effects on the animals are yet not well understood. We embedded fluorescent microplastics in artificial agarose-based food and offered the food to marine isopods, Idotea emarginata. The isopods did not distinguish between food with and food without microplastics. Upon inge...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: digestive, oral, and skin physiology
free text keywords: General Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Biology, Idotea emarginata, Plastic pollution, Microplastics, Ecology, Invertebrate
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